Being grateful for what you have …in between and during 2 year old tantrums.is.very.hard! My 2 year old daughter, Sloan, is a vibrant, strong willed firecracker redhead. My two children are almost 4 years apart, 3 years and 2 months to be exact. My son is also very strong willed, active, full of energy as I believe most kids especially boys will be. I recall his 3s and into his early 4s were a lot harder than his 2s. He is also very much a mama’s boy so during his episodes of toddler rage, I could comfort him to calm him, however, my daughter doesn’t calm so easily.
My true point to this is when are in the thick of parenting, it is sometimes hard to sit back and be grateful, truly thankful, for all that you have including just the health of your children. When my potty trained 2 year old comes after me with pants down around her ankles, butt naked, yelling and screaming “I do it” when I decide to dump her poop in the toilet and clean out her potty, then you really don’t have a lot of time to reflect how thankful you are that this sweet little child is yours. At that moment, I would rather be anywhere but where I am.
Therefore, I now really understand the importance of having time to yourself whether you are a stay at home mom or working mom. Honestly, I used to be a little bit judgmental, which stemmed from jealousy, of moms who took special effort to make time for themselves. |Sleep deprivation is real when you bunk with ninja kicking PJ Masks who hunt for food and water while it is dark outside.| Moms, we must take care of ourselves just as well as we take care of our children.
Reflect on positive words or scripture to help you through your day of parenting. Try to get up slightly earlier than your children to have personal prayer time, run, stretch. We are so good at raising these little humans that we forget about us, the big humans who still need to eat, drink and be merry. When we take care of ourselves and our marriages, we are grooming ourselves to be better parents. When we add fruits to our our leaves then we can truly find contentment in all circumstances.
“Give thanks in all circumstances…” 1 Thes. 5:18
Now, I just need to follow my own advice daily! 🙂
Thanks for reading!