When I began working on this blog post, I asked my four-year-old what he thought kids would want their moms and dads to know. His response…“I want you to know everything I know.” Maybe asking a four-year-old wasn’t the best idea. J
Then I asked Facebook and got some more thoughtful answers. Here are some of them. (And thanks so much to everyone who commented on my Facebook post!)
5 Things Your Child Wants You to Know:
1. I don’t care if you’re not the best cook. I don’t care if we don’t do crafts every day. And I don’t care if our lifestyle isn’t Pinterest-worthy.
Those things don’t really matter to me. You meet my needs for food and shelter and love, and that’s what matters most. Stop trying to be like someone else, and start enjoying who you are and who God made you to be.
2. I’m growing up fast. Please enjoy your time with me.
I know you’re busy and have a lot of things to do each day. But please remember what matters most. Remember next year, I’m going to be one year closer to adulthood and one year closer to moving out of your home.
3. I don’t make you angry on purpose.
I really do want to please you. I don’t mean to make us late when we go places. I don’t mean to spill my milk and make messes all the time. I really do want to make you happy, and I’m sorry I mess up sometimes.
4. I need you.
I’d much rather have you spend time with me than spend money on me. I know I ask for things a lot, but really, I would much rather have time with you than all the things money can buy.
5. It’s okay when you make mistakes.
I’m pretty resilient, ya know. I can bounce back. I can also forgive. So tell me you’re sorry when you make a mistake, and let’s move on. I don’t want you to feel guilty and beat yourself up. To me, it’s already forgotten.
Let’s Talk: What else do you think your child would want you to know?
Lindsey Bell is the author of Searching for Sanity, a parenting devotional released in January 2014. She’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover. You can find Lindsey at www.lindsey-bell.com.
This post is part of a Lindsey’s blog tour for Searching for Sanity, her new parenting devotional. You can read other posts in this tour by going to her blog: www.lindsey-bell.com. She also has a giveaway going on at her site here for a gift card of your choice and her new book!!
About Searching for Sanity: Have you ever looked at your beloved children and wondered, what in the world am I doing? Why did God trust me—of all people—to raise them?
Motherhood is the most difficult job many of us will ever take. Searching for Sanity offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the Word, and learn from parents of the past. In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book uses the parents of the Bible—both the good and the bad—to inspire today’s mothers.