Nothing is more disastrous than to study faith, analyze faith, make noble reservations of faith, but never actually to make the leap of faith.
So the question is: have you leapt yet?
“When you become a parent you’ll understand.”
Most of us hear this infamous prediction as teenagers. It typically comes on the heels of what we feel is some great injustice to our independence and the ability to express ourselves as soon-to-be-adults. We twist our mouths as if sucking on a lime, mutter a reply we wouldn’t dare say loud enough to hear, and stalk away swearing to never be so misunderstanding of our own offspring when we grow up to be parent of the century.
Then, the inevitable happens.
We become parents…and we understand.
Almost nothing sparks my anxiety like thoughts about my children and their futures:
The list is endless. And though my personal world brightened and expanded with the arrival of each child, my eyes were opened to the much more sinister side of the world that parents see and know-everything teenagers don’t. And that’s a frightening thing to behold.
But to parent in fear is not an option. So, growing from new mom to wiser mom, to mom who understands, I’ve learned to shower my children with the fun side of love:
But I’ve also learned not to neglect the difficult side to love:
It’s definitely not an exact science, and what works for one child might get you laughed at by another. Not to mention even as an adult you still don’t know everything and will make mistakes along the way. But when your kids know they’re loved, even if they don’t agree with your choices, they’ll learn not to resent the love that motivates how you parent. And eventually, they too will understand.