I was a "new mom" in 1987...
So, I guess that makes me an old mom now! All the things they say about time flying by are true...but if you're a mom and reading this and keeping a blog, you're already doing the important job of storing up treasured photos and memories as your family grows and changes. So I don't have to suggest you do that!
I just have two thoughts.
First of all ~ As a young mom, I made one vow. And by vow, I mean the "before God" kind of vow. I promised that I would never let my kids embarrass me. To me, the job of being a parent was never about how I measured up as a parent or how my kids measured up against other kids. All of our children will hit rough patches and do some troubling things. Our job, it seems to me, is about getting them through these times without adding to their load any pressure to make us look good.
Along with that ~ Let's try to give all the support and kindness we can to each other as parents. Maybe we wouldn't be so troubled about what others think about our parenting, if we only ever said nice things about each other's children. It's sad to me how often I hear moms talking badly about other kids. And how easy it is to slip into that pattern. No wonder we're all stressed. We're quick to point out what little Johnny down the street needs help with and how his parents aren't paying enough attention to him. etc. etc. etc. Well, I'm here to
Here's to all the moms (old and new!) who've taken a moment to read this...I hope you LOVE your journey as much as I TREASURE mine!