I am a Mom. That sentence all on its own sounds like nothing, until you get a look at the “job” description. I am a professional dish washer, laundry washer, sweeper and at vacuuming. I am an “expert” in math, reading, writing and anything else the teacher throw at me. I am an expert in behavior issues, health issues and again anything else that can come at me in a day.
The most important part of my “job” is that my children learn about the Lord. I am to teach them how to serve Him and have a relationship with him. Part of this is to lead by example and the other is to teach them. My favorite time with my boys is when we are in the car driving somewhere. I like to talk to them. To make them think and to teach them. We talk about everything from what the mountain ranges are called, what is to the east or west of us, what they want to be when they grow up, to how to talk to God. The list goes on and on. When we are not talking we are singing or just enjoying the view.
This year, as I keep stating, is the year of letting go. I am letting go of the reigns a little and giving them more responsibility. They are going to learn that with responsibility comes rewards and consequences. I have posted in each of their rooms a responsibility chart that tells them what they need to do each day and what time they have to be where. I have also bought them alarm clocks and watches. They will be rewarded when I don’t have to remind them or give them warnings and of course the opposite when I have to. My plan is to wait until they get home from school to talk about how they did in the morning and at school to decided weather or not they get their reward or punishment. My goal there is to make sure that what happens in the morning doesn’t effect their school day. Such as today, my youngest will not be happy with no computer after school today, but morning routine should go better tomorrow :)
So far it is going well and the learning has started. We are taking it one step at a time. I am going about this with a lot of prayer and patience. I am armed with the Word of God, books by amazing people-Stormie Omartian, Dr. Dobson, Dr. Kevin Leman and others- and my experience of 12 years. I know that they are going to grow a lot this year by my letting go and letting God be in control. I also feel that I am going to grow a lot this. I see changes in all of us this year!
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.