If you are reading this… chances are you are a parent, have a parent, or plan to be a parent one day! Or perhaps you are just a curious friend checking to see what this lady has to say 🙂 Whatever the reason – welcome!
This is my first post, ever. And, to be clear upfront – I do not in any way intend to ever sound like I’ve got things figured out and I am here to teach it to you. The truth is I stumble on a daily basis and I try each day to be better than yesterday. I am human. The purpose of this blog is to perhaps spark an interest, encourage, give hope and uplift the parents who wear this hat called “parenthood.”
Parenting, of all my other jobs, by far is the most responsible and difficult job I have done. The scary part is that there are no second chances here – no way to undo or redo things once children are grown and have a life of their own. When I came to this “one chance parenting” realization, I started to be more aware, more intentional and more responsible about how I am when I teach my children, what they hear, what they do, where they go, with whom they go, and just about anything that has to do with my boys. At the same time I feel I need to be clear that my children are NOT my “all” they are not my “whole world.” I love them and while they are little this is my chance to raise them, teach them and guide them. Somehow though, I need to find a balance between “parenting” and all the other hats I wear.
Nothing we do, is done alone. Let me explain what I mean: we don’t ever wear just one “hat” at a time (by time I mean a time period not a minute of the day). On top of parenting, most of us are also spouses, siblings, children, friends, co-workers, employees, and so on. So really – we have to learn to be a “balancer” and daily balance our many titles and responsibilities. This somehow always makes me think of the Proverbs 31 woman… Sometimes, reading it is a bit discouraging because I start to feel overwhelmed and almost like I’ll never reach it, but other times it is encouraging and helps me stay focused with always some area I can improve in.
I want to encourage you as a parent to be proactive during the time you are wearing your parenting hat, and not at all to wear your parenting hat at all times.
I started reading more books about parenting and looking for ways I can improve. The best part is that I’ve noticed a change. A change for the better. This change is what moves me to try harder and find ways to improve and be the best I can. I am certain that I will make mistakes, I will stumble and perhaps fail occasionally – but I have determined to keep trying and I believe that with help from God – I can be the best parent for my children.
On this blog I plan to share the things I learn that help me, projects I do with my boys, and just about anything that I feel helps me be a better parent! So be sure to check back often and join me on this not so easy journey.