Saturday, December 19, 2009
He's Touching Me!
Will I ever get caught up on the laundry?
Will I ever get caught up on the dishes?
The dining room table has needed to be cleared off since before Thanksgiving. What am I going to do with all that crap?
What the hell am I going to make for dinner?
Will I be able to teach these kids to love and respect others? I've obviously failed at teaching them to love each other.
How are they ever going to be able to navigate this big scary world? I want to be a good example for them, but I'm not perfect. I get frustrated and lose my temper. I yell more often than I wish I did. But I don't pick up the nearest toy and throw it when I'm frustrated. I don't hit back, or kick back, or pinch back. How do I get them to understand that they can't do that? Why would a kid think it's OK to be mean to his own brother? Especially when that brother is younger and smaller?
How do any of us grow into responsible adults?
It's really a big responsibility - to raise kids. And sometimes I wish I was doing a better job.
But I'm trying my best every day. Hopefully, something is getting through. My youngest got a "gold slip" every day last week for being generous at school. My oldest has been volunteering his time helping at the adoption days for a local dog rescue. The middle kid is my most empathetic, and is the kindest to his brothers when he's not being mean.
You may be wondering why I'm thinking about this at 10:25 on a Saturday night. Well, I was just over visiting The Mother Load and found her description of life as a mom so true. At least my hair was clean today.
Thanks for stopping by.