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Dec 28

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Blessing Jorryn ~ Day 24

 

 

 

Day 24: Do not interrupt your child when he is talking.

 

As I’ve said before, I’m not exactly a patient person. I like things to happen quickly. I like to power through accomplishments. I. Do. Not. Like. To. Wait. Now, now, now is my motto! This often spills over into my parenting. I want the boys to do things quickly! Part of this stems from never knowing when the next explosive diaper will be or knowing that there is only so much time before the next eating session. If we are going to do something, we are going to power through it! However, I was humbled this week after reading Club 31 Women‘s post about blessing her son by listening. How much do I really sit and listen? How many times have I been distracted by the million other things calling for my focus? I expect the boys {most especially Jorryn since he’s the oldest} to look at me while I’m speaking. It’s a sign of respect. But it’s awfully hard to be respectful to a person that you don’t feel respects you at all. Do I act like I respect him as a person? Do I act like what he has to say is important to me? In my busy, adult mind, his little boy ramblings might not seem earth shattering. But if I don’t listen to him now and show him that I respect him as a person and value what he has to say, then he won’t come to me later when what he is telling me really is a big deal. It’s all a big deal to him right now. So instead of rushing him through his story, not making eye contact or telling him we’ll talk more later, I need to sit and hear him out. It will be a blessing to both of us and a positive way to nurture our relationship!


 

Hmmm, this ties right in with yesterday’s lesson in patience and grace I’d say. I recently read this article by Amy Morrison over at Huffington Post. It really spoke to me. We moms try to do it ALL. And trying to do it all usually leads to a big fat feeling of disappointment and failure. I want to be the best mom I can be. It is one of the top priorities of my life. I feel like being a mom has completely shaped me and defined in many ways who I am. It has made me more loving, more patient, more joyful. It’s also completely exhausting and overwhelming. I have to keep other people alive and make them into incredible, world-changing people!! AH! But God offers me grace every single day. So I can extend some of that to myself. I don’t have to get that entire list done today. I can forgive myself if I lose my temper. I can be imperfect and still be loved. I can still be enough. So that’s today’s lesson — grace for yourself that you can love your kids endlessly and still be human.

 

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