I’m a mom. And that means that I regularly take stock at whether I’m succeeding at the task. Raising my two young daughters is a privilege and a challenge. I can’t truly tell you how I’m doing, and I’m not sure I’ll ever know. How often do we see children from the same womb, the same upbringing take drastically different paths in life? Nothing is a guarantee.
However, I do know one thing. We don’t have our children for long. So while they are entrusted in our care, we simply must not let the time waste. It is far too precious. For my husband and I, this starts with the fact that our children are not ours to begin with. We are incredibly blessed with the task of starting them along their journey.
Yikes. The job can seem daunting. So many of us are apt to simply follow the crowd, keep our children comfortable and hope for the best. But I don’t buy that. I want more- more for my family, for my children, and my children’s children. I want to equip my little travelers for the road of life as best I can, through everyday lessons and big adventures.
I don’t pretend to be one of these moms with a weekly planner containing amazing activities and learning experiences left and right. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we do really great things. But mostly the day looks more like this; wake up, make a meal, clean up a meal, run kids around, make another meal, clean up a meal, run kids around again, maybe work out, maybe do the laundry. Then I cook and clean again. I’m sure you can relate, whether your kids are small or grown. Moms don’t always have it all together because there’s simply not enough time in the day for it.
But I do have something each of us has. And it’s a start. I have my life.
What I do, what I say impacts my children in a way big plans just can’t. So I’ll start there. And I will fail often. I will say the wrong thing, get angry too quickly, and judge others. But sometimes I’ll get it right.
And so every day I will get up and try and lead by example. I will make an effort to share the world with my children. I will teach them to be thankful for all they have and to share it with others. I will allow them experiences that show them that our differences make us stronger. And we’ll throw some big adventures in there too.
I’ve got my shot at life, and they have theirs. By pure miracle I’ve been chosen to steer them through the starting gate. There simply isn’t a better job in the world.