Today started out great. I woke up feeling energized, happy and had a great morning running errands with Judah and Paisley. Last night I read before I went to bed (I wish I always did that but, unfortunately I don't) and the things that I read really encouraged me today. I've been a bit discouraged with some of Judah's behavior lately and last night I was reading about how we need to teach our kids to think of others first. We need to teach them the importance of other people and to treat people the way they want to be treated. The chapter also talked about teaching your child "why" you are asking them to do something and not having them only do it because you said so. Sure, they do need to obey because you are the parent but, they also need to understand what they are doing so, they can make the right choices in the future without you telling them what to do.
It was really a great chapter and super encouraging because, like I said, I've been struggling with Judah lately.
Lately I'm constantly being reminded of how challenging parenting can be but on the flip side, how God made my kids specifically for me and me, specifically to be their mommy. It sure is hard though! Sometimes I feel like Judah won't listen to a word I say, all he says is "No" and that I'm just constantly getting him in trouble. It's exhausting! But, I know that it's totally normal and that in the big picture, the things that I deal with are nothing compared to what some people are going through.
I've been thinking a lot lately about getting my priorities in order and spending less time on the computer. It's so hard, isn't it??? Between facebook, pinterest, blogging, reading blogs, couponing and whatever else, it seems like I could be on the computer constantly if I let myself. It's just getting to be too much and I feel like I can't keep up with all of it. I love writing so, I won't be stopping blogging anytime soon and facebook is pretty much a necessity these days, unless you want to totally be out of the loop. I just feel like I need to be off-line more. And it's hard also because it seems like there are thousands of amazing blogs out there that would be fun to read. I just can't do it though. I can read some but, I can't keep up with everything like I wish I could.
I've been thinking about how it was when I was growing up. My mom talked on the phone with her friends but, she wasn't constantly checking her computer or her phone. Heck, we didn't even have a computer until I was in middle school and she didn't even have a cell phone for so long. She didn't need to know what all of her friends were doing all the time and I feel like she gave us more un-divided attention.
We're considering putting Judah in pre-school in the fall and it's made me think about how I get only one chance to be their mom, at this specific age. I want to look back on when my kids were really young and be proud of how much I played with them and how much un-divided attention I gave them. Yes, I'll still be on facebook, I'll still be pinning away, reading blogs and writing but, I'm going to be more careful of when I choose to do these things.
The pictures for today were taken after we got home from visiting the library. I love how Judah gets excited to go return his books and pick out new ones. Watching him look at a stack of library books makes this mommy's heart happy.