|My dad, mom and my siblings (Holly, Jeremy, Jason) and I|
Lately, I have had to ask my mom for lots of advice in how to raise a toddler. Although I didn't think so when Luke was a baby, I now realize that the infant stage was easier (at least for me) than the toddler stage is. When our kids are infants, our primary job is to give them loads of love. We give them food, comfort, good sleep, and lots more love and attention. Giving love to a precious baby--even one who cries for hours--I can do very easily. Not that the stage is easy! I still remember not getting sleep and feeling like a zombie as I went through my day. But, the stage I am in now, with one two year old and an infant, seems to be a lot more difficult. When your child is a toddler and it is so evident that they are a sponge, you realize that every little thing you say and do is molding them into who they will become. They can tell you, "No" when you ask them very nicely to do something that you know is for the best. How do you react? Do you put them in time-out, spank them, reason with them, a combination of all or give in? How you react will help shape them as they grow up. Yes, being a parent is the job with more accountability than any other on the planet! Because I am spending so much time with Luke lately, I feel like Abbey gets a little neglected. Somebody told me though before Abbey was born that it is really important to give Luke quality time. He will remember it, but Abbey will not remember that I had to spend more time with Luke at this stage.
Every day as a mom, I am faced with a new challenge. I am so thankful for technology. As soon as that challenge arises--boom, I am on the internet on my smartphone searching for answers. But, then I look at me and my siblings and how we turned out. We are all Christ-followers who love the Lord and love others. We respect our elders and leaders in our society. We work hard, exercise and eat well. We are all college graduates. We each played musical instruments and were involved in organized sports. Each of us volunteer in some capacity at our churches and other organizations. Now, I am not trying to boast--believe me, I understand the way I turned out had nothing to do with me. My parents should be proud. We turned out this way because of how they raised us, with the direction of our Lord. So, who better to call for advice than my mom.
|We even learned "teamwork" as kids. Here Jason and Jeremy and I are helping each other drink some water at a park.|
|I'm sure bath time was interesting with four little ones.|