God has blessed me to be the mother of 5 amazing kids. All of them have their own personalities and adventures. My oldest is almost 12. My youngest is 3 years old. These guys make our house fun. Is it stressful? Um yes. At the end of the day I just sit back and love watching them grow.
Parenting tips I have learned:
- Slow down.
Life is always crazy but it is good to slow down. One year my kids wrote that little question thing they gave me at mothers day. One of the questions was “what does mommy do a lot” my kids wrote WORK. It broke my heart. I have tried since then to work less and be a mommy first.
- Pay attention to the details.
Kids desire to have their parents attention. I try had to stop what I am doing at pay attention to what they want to tell me. Am I perfect? Do I remember to do this every time? Um no, but I try. It is important to them.
- Create an environment of fun and learning.
During holidays or special events I try to allow my kids to do fun adventure with me. Whether it is building a fort or painting a canvas. We have a lot of fun.
- Teach them to put God first.
As parents we worry if our child will make the right decisions. I have learned that if I teach them to put God and follow Him they will make much better decision. Will they always make the right one? No, but they will make better ones when they know they can trust Him.
- Live life not just survive
I once watched Wall-e and they made the comment “we don’t want to just survive but thrive.” Don’t get caught up in the routine of life that you don’t live life. I have tried hard to live life and model that to my kids. Teach them life can be tough at times. We all have our ups and downs. Just don’t forget to enjoy life.