Shannon has planned a themed edition of Works-For-Me-Wednesday:
What parenting lessons have you learned the hard way? What would you tell a first-time parent?
Oh my. Where to begin? And how much do we want to scare the newbies?
- Beatrix Potter was a wonderful, talented author with a rich and lively vocabulary, but do not read The Roly-Poly Pudding to your children. They will think that rats live inside your walls and that their own kitten is in danger of being rolled in pastry and cooked. They will save their kitten by pouring gallons of water inside the wall to drown the rats.
- Don’t trust itty-bitty nail clippers to clip itty-bitty baby nails. If you doubt me, I’ll show you the 34 year old scar on the tip of my 34 year old finger. And then I’ll show you the 3 year old scar on our 3yo Rachael.
- And then there’s this little lesson, learned the hard way.
- Even though little boys like to play rough, they do not necessarily like it when little girls hold them down and take turns punching them in the belly.
And on a more serious note, here’s what we have learned over the years. We knew it before, but have seen it in action now.
Your children are mirrors, but not just regular mirrors. Children are like those little makeup mirrors that make your pores look enormous. In them, you will see your own strengths and weaknesses reflected and magnified. This is powerful motivation to conquer our own sins and weaknesses sooner rather than later, because even those shortcomings that seem only to hurt ourselves will hurt our children when they learn to imitate us.
Children are one of God’s mechanisms for sanctifying us and for holding us responsible for our actions. If we don’t like the way our children are turning out, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Children are our report card on life. And they sometimes make it hard to fake a good grade.