Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mad at God

Sometimes you get mad at God.
There are many times where life is unfair. There are times when it is beyond unfair, it just seems plain mean. Babies and children are taken WAY to early from their wonderful, loving parents. Other children are left to suffer with abusive ones. Those same, abusive parents are blessed with child after child after child, and “good” parents are not. Half of a state is burned to a crisp when all that it would take to stop it is just one, good rain.
This is where a lot of people are justly (maybe?) mad at God. This is where some even lose faith, saying, if God really loved me, why would He allow things like this to happen to me (or someone I love)? That’s a hard question to answer, and most of the time, it isn’t answered.
As Christians, we know there to be some things that will never change. 1) The earth is full of sin. Because of this sin, bad things happen. Because of this sin, this world and everything in it is not perfect, and we have to deal with that every second of every day. 2) There are two measures of good- God’s measure, and the world’s. The world says if you have enough money, enough stuff, you’re beautiful, have a family with good kids, you should be happy. God says if you have HIM, that is enough to have “peace beyond understanding”. It is this peace that is the key to being able to deal with first one.
We know that God loves us, and that everything that happens, ultimately happens for good. When He is involved, there is always something for our own good. It may be more like “veggies good for us” than “ice cream make us happy good for us”. We may never know exactly how good those veggies are for us, and why, if they are so good for us, they can’t taste just a little more like ice cream. There is good going on that we can’t always see, and just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. It is that knowledge that gives us peace in the most dire of situations.
So, even though we get mad because we have to eat our veggies, we still eat them. And that’s ok, because they still get eaten. We can eat our veggies kicking and screaming, or enjoy them for the blessings and good that they are (green and all).
Even though you may get mad at God, it is important to never give up on Him, and never forget that He still loves you.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Parenting Disconnect and The Mommy Wars

I think parents today are in a catch 22. Your child is supposed to behave perfectly all the time. Say “please” and “thank you”, share everything they have, and on top of that give hugs and smile politely to everyone they meet. They are supposed to sit for hours on end quietly in adult situations. If they make a peep or act the least bit like well, children, they should be left at home with a nanny. All of this is also supposed to be accomplished without spanking, but talking to and “reasoning with” your toddler.
The expectations of children are higher than ever. Children are expected to read going into kindergarten. I don’t know about you, but I learned my letters in kindergarten. Children can’t play outside anymore, because it’s too dangerous. And, if they ARE outside playing, the parents are irresponsible and lazy or the children are hoodlums and obviously up to no good. They don’t have any down time anymore to just play anyway. There is endless soccer, zoo school, music school, museum school, preschool (for two years old and up), gymnastics, and art school. So many things that if they aren’t in, parents feel guilty that they aren’t offering everything possible for their child, but at the same time we are over whelming them with so many activities that they don’t get to just play and learn things naturally like they should. And we expect them to take all this on with the mentality of an adult.
I think there is a disconnect here, and I’m not really sure how to fix it at this point, but here’s a couple of thoughts to start.
I think parents (mothers mainly) have to stop comparing each other’s children and judging each other. Everyone is different, has a different child in a different circumstance. No one is exactly alike. Because of this, there is NO WAY you can honestly know what you would do in the other’s shoes. So stop trying to make them fit. Being a parent is hard enough today without this added judgment. We need to stop and just start supporting one another. It does take a village~ if not to raise the child, to keep the parents SANE! So, let’s all start to work on the village part and maybe stop and look in the mirror before looking out the window. If we stop comparing each other’s children, also, (which I am SO guilty of, for the record) we will stop beating our heads in trying to make them meet expectations that they just aren’t ready to meet, and we can start enjoying them for who they are and how they grow. If you are there for them, and help them learn from their mistakes (which takes time that you won’t have if you’re too busy paying attention to the other kids) then you’ll usually end up with a pretty great kid. O.K., that last sentence is just hopeful at this point… we have yet to see as my oldest isn’t even 3 yet!
So, I guess I just want to say to all the parents out there~ I know it’s rough. I hope you can get the support that we all need. And finally, GOOD LUCK!

Back to Parenting

Since the last time I have written, I have had another baby boy and am engrossed in parenting again.
There are several things that I get to work through with you guys, as I try to figure out what is working and not working for my family.
My oldest has been giving me a run for my money (appropriate, I guess, since the new little one is seriously the easiest baby I have ever had contact with!)
Today, I'm having problems with disciple. How much is too much for an almost 3 year old. What kind of expectations can be honestly put on a little guy, without driving you both nuts. I know there is A LOT to temperament. Some kids are just naturally happy to stay at your feet and sit nicely (or so I hear). My son is not. And, honestly, I’m ok with that.
I love that he is adventurous. I love that he is outspoken and his own person (already). I think these things will be great for him (when he’s an adult) but how do you deal with this until then? How do you keep him from becoming a bad adult because he didn’t learn to respect authority?
I don’t want to “break” his spirit, just maybe bend it a little. ; ) I want him to sit with me in church. I want him to stand next to me in stores, and be able to stand in a line. I want him to sit in a restaurant for a decent amount of time and eat without getting up after 2 minutes. Will this stuff that will just come to him as he gets older, or is this something that must be taught? What are reasonable expectations from a three year old? These are my goals for the near future, and I’ll keep this as my little journal to help me through this time. (Did I mention we are potty training now AND getting rid of the passy on top of all this?)
Poor little guy… a lot is going on in his life.
I guess I need to help him get used to it. : )