Jul 15, 2009

Parenting stuff




This is a picture of a 'nest' ~a home~ if you will. Most days I imagine it so peaceful, protected from the elements by a little roof overhang and the cool of the brick wall. The parents seem to have not been the neatest nest builders, but I could hear that their babes were chirping and happy.

However...
at times home must be not so nice, not so peaceful and not so filled with song. Like the times the bell goes off to let the kids know that recess is over and it is back to their classrooms. Can you imagine those moments?

The past few days have been hard for me. I have spent a lot of time disciplining, a lot of time running from place to place and commitments. Honestly, this morning I was fighting back tears, as I am having such a struggle with 2 of my children. I know they are young, but they have been *choosing* to do wrong for too long, too many days piling up upon each other. They know what is right, but sometimes once a door is closed, they seem not to care about *what is right.*

I am tired, weary . It became 3 children yesterday afternoon , 3 who put me over the edge.

I have walked this road of parenting for awhile, so I know what I need to do: seek God for wisdom, pray with a listening ear, continue to parent, discipline as needed, remove privileges as necessary,runaway
...Just a bummer when in my mind summer means relax, enjoy, HAVE Fun.

If you have a moment...I'd love prayer.
Hope you are having a better day...summer is too short.

16 comments:

Valerie said...

Hey Kimmie. I feel for you, we have been having some rough days at our house too. I will be praying for you. Full time Mommy is so much more fun when the kids are obedient (to us and the Lord) The responsibility of teaching them can be overwhelming at times. Well, it can for me anyway!

Hope you have a great day today! XOXO

Anna said...

Kimmie, you might find some inspiration in the parenting book "Hold On to Your Kids". Not specifically Christian but fantastically practical on getting your kids to *align with you*--the difference between pushing a wet noodle up a hill, and pulling train cars along behind on a smooth track. You definitely want the train thing :). It was helped me a lot, especially with my more challenging kids.

BethPie said...

I have a moment (although I'll carve out a little extra) to pray for you. ;o)

((hugs))

Stephanie said...

I will definitely make time to pray for you Kimmie! I definitely know those days when all I do is say "don't do that" over and over again. Praying their testing time will end soon so you can enjoy the remainder of your summer! xoxo

Kristine said...

Kimmie,
I will keep you in my prayers. And you are right. I picture summer as a time to relax and for some reason this summer is not shaping up the way I pictured it.

Beth said...

This mom stuff is hard work and those days when you feel like you do nothing but discipline are not fun. I just wanted you to know that I will be praying for you. I hope in the days to come you will see definite results from you dedication to raising up your children in the way that they should go. ((Hugs))

Angel said...

I'll be sure to say a prayer for you and the little ones.

Blessings,
Angel

Letitia said...

I can definitely relate to that feeling, although, thankfully, I don't have 3 at once....two too many times. It's so discouraging. I pray the Lord gives you hope, peace, and assurance.

Dustan and Becka said...

I have come to believe that those days serve a very important purpose: To remind me who I am in Christ.

Simply put- I am no better than that spoiled child who just keeps choosing to make wrong choices when I have been shown over and over again what the correct ones are. And yet, God's magnificent grace covers it all- making me strive yet again to choose that right choice.

My prayers are with you as you struggle with bad behavior this season.

Andrew and Amber said...

Kimmie-
Praying for you right now. That God will fill your heart with new life, new energy, new love. All the things that only come from Him.

Anonymous said...

Remember what time of the year it is right now. Our homeschooled kids are used to a schedule of sorts, and now it has been weeks of abstract randomness!! My kids are nutty right now, too, and a homeschool mom friend of mine said, "Heather! It's getting towards the end of summer ~ they are tired of all the loosey goosey schedules. They like routine!"

So, I'm passing that one along to you as I JUST received that advice TODAY! It's nearing the start of school and order will return.

I sure do love summer and all the relaxed fun, but I love the behavior of my kids when we have a planned school routine.

I will pray for you, too!
Heatherj

HouseOfSmooches said...

Galatians 6:9

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

There are so many days that I am right there with you! Keep obeying and doing what is right and God will bless you for your faithfulness!!

Renata said...

Praying for you & your family. You're doing a great job & it's nice to know I'm not the only person who struggles with my children's behaviour at times - it is tiring disciplining, but worth it in the end.

Amy said...

Praying for you family- we have those days here too!

Michelle said...

I can feel your pain. I would love to pray for you. Hang in there!

Roselawn said...

Wow! Look at all the friends you have!!! There are so many people praying for you during this bump in the road. Blessings and prayers lifted up to you today...

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