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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lessons in Motherhood

I love being a mom to these two precious boys of mine.  It is so much fun watching Robert learn and understand new things every day.  Lately, he loves pointing out the moon and identifying when things are on or off.  I love it that I can ask him where something is and he’ll show me.  I love being able to tell him to put his toys away or to put his books back on the shelf and he obeys.

And Alex. The sweet chunky little thing.  Alex is trying to learn to crawl and it is so funny to watch him get up on his hands and knees and rock violently back and forth.  And then he cries and cries and cries when he can’t quite figure out how to move his hands and knees to make himself move forward.  Poor baby.  And I love his wet, slobbery, incredibly messy baby kisses.  Heart treasures.

One thing I find hard to deal with, though, in all of this, is what my boys are teaching me about myself.  The other day Robert was trying to put a spoon in a hole in one of his toys and it wouldn’t fit.  He made this really loud sigh/growl and I told him not to get frustrated but to be patient.  Then I immediately realized that he learned that sigh/growl from me!  I’ve realized that I do that a lot when I am upset or frustrated.  There are also times when I stop and yell to let off steam and Robert has done that, too, a couple of times.  Is this really how I want my children to learn how to deal with frustration and anger?  I want my boys to be composed and polite and to learn how to deal with their anger in a godly manner- not throwing a fit, yelling, or growling.  But in order to teach them to behave in a godly manner, I have to model this godly behavior.  Which means that I have to redouble my efforts to be a godly mother and read my Bible and books that can help me grow as a wife, mother, and woman of God.  I am responsible for raising these boys to be godly men, and this is a HUGE responsibility for which I feel completely inadequate.  I pray that God gives me the wisdom and grace to be a good godly mom to my children and, to you more experienced and godly moms, I am more than happy to listen to your advice.