Hey Suz, maybe your *darling* daughter is sassing her teachers because she is mimicking what she sees…
Yep, I went there with myself this morning- doing some reflection during my daily quiet time.
(For the record, I had Sav pose for me this morning with her crazy bed hair and mean face---but I actually get this face quite often)
You know how I was super stressed and trying to find advice on how to balance life?- You guys were gold and I truly appreciate all of your responses and suggestions. PURE GOLD, I tell ya.
The reoccurring theme was that I need to make a schedule and plan out my week (activities, meals, etc.)- something that I used to be very good at doing. However, when I birthed quads, I had to learn to roll with the punches and go with the flow---be able to adapt to unexpected situations on a daily basis… so, I had gotten out of the habit of being so “scheduled”.
I’m realizing that “scheduled” isn’t a bad word after all (ahem, Casey Gerwer & Teryn Todd--thank YOU!)- but something that makes my life easier and more manageable. I have also realized that if I have any chance of working out- it is imperative for me to go early in the morning before the kids wake up (when I actually have energy!)…and I’m a morning person who wakes up with a smile on my face anyway (just ask my friends!)---so there is really no excuse.
The new and improved Suz started this week with her new and improved schedule (with help from my BFF, Mari):
I wake up early and head to the gym. When I come home, I take a shower and chat with Joe until he leaves for work (precious quality time that I was missing by sleeping in every morning)- then I sit down to have quiet time with my devotional book (Day-Votions for Mothers) and spend some time with my Father.
Now, usually- the kids wake up EVERY SINGLE DAY between 6 and 6:15am- no matter what! It is so frustrating! (I need to get one of those OK-to-Wake clocks).
But here is the awesome part- ever since Joe and I have been waking up early and starting our days off right, the children have been miraculously sleeping past seven ‘o clock!!!! SEVENNNNN!!!!!!!
Keep in mind- they haven’t slept in that long in over a YEAR! Coincidence? I think not. No doubt that God is blessing our time.
So this morning- the ‘ole Day-votion hit me pretty hard. Here are some quotes from the book:
- Our children are just kids, not little adults. They haven’t mastered the art of patience. Neither have we as moms. But we are the nurturers. We are the ones to lead by example.
- Children often mimic what they see and hear
- Does anger make me feel superior to my kids? Is that the fuel that feeds my impatient spirit at times?
- Anger begets anger.
- Gentleness is power under control.
- As I changed- guess what?- so did my children.
- Sometimes God lets our children be the teachers. At those times, we would be wise to listen- and learn.
Mama most definitely needs to work hard at leading by example with a spirit of gentleness- so that my children can feel accepted, loved and secure. And I have to admit- this is SOOOOO difficult for me when my kids are fighting or being disrespectful! Especially when I feel my blood boiling and heart beating out of my chest!
I will post pics from our Mama/Daddy weekend with twins- but just wanted to share my heart this morning. XOXO
Happy Hump Day, Blogger Peeps!