Friday, July 13, 2012

Before You Lose It...

Hey, crazy lady!  Yeah, you - the mom with a kid on your hip, food stuck to your pants and total chaos going on around you.  I have something important to tell you, so listen up.  Are you listening?

You're a great mom.

Your kids are so blessed to have you as their mommy.

They can't thank you or appreciate all that you do for them, but you are loved and appreciated today.

I don't know about you, but I find myself up against my breaking-point way too often.  Kids have a way of getting under your skin and dancing on your last nerve...and dancing, and dancing, and dancing...  (Side note: maybe I shouldn't be shelling out all this extra $$$ for dance classes?)

In those moments when you're just about to blow up, stop for a moment and allow yourself to simmer down.  Call out to the Lord to help you and He certainly will!  Five steps to "getting it back" when you think you're about to lose it:

1. Stop.  Don't keep driving up the ramp of insanity.  Just stop where you are.

2. Breathe in, breathe out.  Repeat many times until you feel the emotion subside.

3. Refocus your mind on the big picture, not the irritating behavior.  The Bible says it like this:  "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."  Col. 3:2 (NLT)

4.  Speak life to your kiddos when you correct them.  Don't let hellfire and brimstone be the point of your discipline - instead, point out the wrong or annoying behavior, apply any consequences, and find a way to end the correction with life-giving words.  (i.e. encouragement, praise, a pep talk/rally cry)

5.  Ask the Holy Spirit to parent your children.  He will help you and give you supernatural ideas, words and wisdom for each situation when you invite Him into it.

You can do it, mama!  You're awesome!