Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mom Thoughts...

I've been spending the past couple of weeks thinking about the last 8+ years. I remember when Brad was a baby... I anticipated each new "step" in his early life; rolling over, sitting up, crawling, talking, walking, etc. And as he hit the toddler stage, things were a smidge easier because he could get around himself. Of course independence wasn't far and he started to dress himself, find his own TV shows, make his own cereal, fix his own drinks, etc. And then Kindergarten came along... and that opened a whole new world; homework, tests, studying, etc.

I thought it was tough going through all of the phases up to 8 years of age. But as I'm thinking more and more, I realize it's all just beginning. Now is when it really counts. Now I need to amp up my mothering and really teach him the important matters of life. In 4 short years he'll have the opportunity to hold the priesthood. I don't have long to help prepare him for that big step in life and the responsibilities it holds!

Brad and his brothers will have so many choices to make on their own in the coming years. I think individual agency is one of those principles that can be quite tough for mothers. I just have to find the times to be patient with them as the learn. I also need to seek for those special times that I can take to teach a principle of the gospel or show them a life's lesson.

I remember when Brad and Wyatt were small (before Travis came along), thinking that parenthood wasn't as hard as people made it out to be. Sure when they're little it's taxing physically, but I had no idea what was to come. I realize my boys aren't teenagers yet (and so much more will come with that), but motherhood is starting to prove to be the hardest job on the planet. I just hope I can keep a perspective on the big picture as I strive to do as good a job as my own mother did.

1 comment:

Ginnie said...

Thanks for posting this. I think I get way too caught up in the little things Cameron does that I don't like or that aggravate me. Now that the newborn stage is looming in the midst, I have a lot to be grateful for that Cameron can do.

So thanks for the reminder... things are hard, but will only get harder. So I should enjoy the time I have with my kids now.