I posted late last night on an educational board I frequent. I asked for help because I have a difficult time being a kind mom when the pressure is on. Are you surprised? I hope not. Those who know me well know I struggle in this area and have asked for prayer.
Several things were mentioned. Jodi reminded me to take my own advice (thanks, Jodi!) and to re-evaluate my goals. Point well taken. MFS reminded me to both acknowledge the fact that my children are getting a superior education (and thus to relax) and to embrace the moment I am in. In other words, give the child I am with my full attention, give the laundry my best work when it is time to do the laundry, and throw myself into dinner preparation when it is necessary to take on that task, as well, but not to fret about the things I am not doing when I am not doing them! In other words, as she so succinctly put it, “One of my parenting mantras works well as everyday advice: Focus on the moment you're in. If you're in that moment, in that transaction with your child, whatever it is, the phone and the laundry have no place.”
Others agreed. And they’re right. As I re-evaluate the goals we have for each child and for ourselves individually and as a family, I will remember to take each thing as it comes.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34