Mommy Blogger. Really? Do moms have time for that? I don't. Although I jumped on the wagon seven years ago, I haven't been a consistent blogger for years now. But there is a new cause--something bigger than me. Bigger than my family. Bigger than the world wide web. We need super moms!
I don't have all the answers. No one does. Each kid needs his own instruction manual. But I know I struggle daily! Today I sat on the trunk of my car with the car doors open in one-hundred-degree sunshine while my young son yelled at me because I was "getting back at him." He was "getting back at me" by not getting out of the car to run into a cupcake shop to pick-up one brownie for someone I loved. Literally a one-minute errand.
After sitting in the heat for twenty minutes, he finally consented to go inside with me, but only on the conditions he set. These were conditions I could not agree to, so we sat for ten more minutes. With hair damp about his face and red cheeks from throwing such a tantrum in the heat, he finally became calm enough to decide to go in with me. One minute later we were on our way home.
Did I handle it right? I don't know. Would you have handled it differently? Very possibly. But that is my life with the world's most stubborn child. Every day I am tested to my very limits. Some days I feel like I can pat myself on the back for the way I handled things. Most days I find myself on my knees begging for forgiveness and a chance to try another day.
But somewhere in this daily battle of trying to handle my spirited children with love, rather than reacting in the moment like a beaker gone awry, I dig a little deeper, try a little harder, pray a little longer, and get up another day to do it all again. That is what makes every mom super.