A gal recently asked, “Why don’t you share more tips and tricks on motherhood?” I scrunched my nose and let out a nervous laugh.
Well, I thought to myself, probably because the jury is still out on my crew. Because I don’t feel like a pro. Because I’m still clinging to the feet of Jesus as I raise and wrangle my own fiery tribe. Because, sometimes, I can feel overwhelmed and nearly invisible.
But I have learned a thing or two over the past decade, so here are 13 random thoughts on parenting:
- Babies don’t keep, so snuggle their squishy faces every chance you get.
- More is caught than taught.
- Kids are more resilient than we think; more capable than we realize.
- Never trust silence.
- Even a great mama makes a lousy God. The best thing we can do for our kids is point them back to Jesus.
- Laughter really is the best medicine.
- Take time to listen to their insight. Wisdom + worship frequently overflow from the mouths of babes.
- Toddlers are cute, but also tiny terrorists. Arm yourself.
- Whether potty training or working on cultivating a specific behavior, consistency and perseverance are key. Just keep swimming.
- Whenever possible, explain the “why” behind the “what.” Honestly breeds trust.
- Encourage the fire out of them, but make sure it’s genuine. They can sniff out a fake faster than you can blink.
- The mess is worth it.
- Never underestimate the power of “I’m sorry” and “I love you.”
What else would you add to the pot of thoughts?