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....and if you do it right now, you will probably get some awesome adult children, like I have. All the personal sacrifices..... the biting your tongue when you really wanted to scream, the sticking to your family rules to teach them accountability, making them clean up there own messes (literal and figurative) to teach responsibility, the "new baby" and the "staying up late till the teens get home" sleep deprivation, the family vacations with all disasters included, the "can't hear a thing at church cuz you're out in the foyer with a noisy one, the crazy hunt for perfect Christmas presents and all parents give each other is a knowing smile, attending all those sports events and actually
watching when you'd rather be reading a book, the homework help, birthday parties, enduring sleep overs, (I wouldn't do those any more if I did had it to do over...seriously), the endless cleaning, the spilled everything, the driving, cooking, being on alert, ALLLLL OF IT!!!......TOTALLY worth it!
There are huge pay days ahead along that will make up for the heart break days......and they will start giving you great presents that they had to hunt for, and they will be your friends, and they will give you grandchildren (there is a reason they are called grand) that will adore you that you can love and have fun with and send home.
Every toilet that you cleaned, every nose you wiped, every sleepless night....TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
Here's my philosophy that got me through the homebound years and gave me a "I love my life" attitude:
This is the life I chose...so learn to LOVE IT and enjoy it.
I also learned that:
ALL THE FUN...AND ALL THE JOY LIES IN THE SECOND MILE!! Get really good at doing the things you must do, home management, educating the young, decorating, cooking, child rearing...I found motivating books and classes that taught me how to do all of that and have fun doing it.
To this day I have a son that really gets a kick out of organizing because he saw me having so much fun doing it and enjoyed helping me! (future wife..you may thank me later) A daughter picked up on my love for Montessori, another daughter is a great cook and cleaner (ok she didn't get a joy of cleaning from me but other passions rubbed off. One is very entrepreneurial like her dad and loves fashion and photography like me. SHARE YOUR PASSIONS. Let them see what mom has a kick out of doing. It's not ALL about them!
Read the scriptures regularly (you will be blessed with more patience) and let the kids associate the scriptures with the sound of your voice. (RMN)
In other words, read them scriptures to them along with story books.
Teach them that motherhood is the MOST important job and that you love this PART of your life - even though there are years that it will be your WHOLE life, every waking hour.
Wow, this was going to be a little short post....but as you can still I am still very passionate about the fun of being a young mother. I miss it sometimes.....just love the season of your life...it doesn't last long....
and it really is ...
THE COOLEST THING!!