“Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.
If you do the little jobs well,
the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
Parenting is a long trek, isn't it? There are no project deadlines, no annual awards, no bonus checks. I think one of the things that is hardest for a new mother to accept, at least it was for me, is that my life is changed forever. FOREVER is a mighty long time. (Did I just quote Prince? Because God knows I didn't mean to.) Forever we will love these children with our hearts hanging on our sleeves. Forever we will wonder, "Did I do right by them?" Forever we will worry, we will care, we will love.
When it comes to small children, I think the care they receive from their parents makes or breaks them. In those tender years, when the world as they will know it is being siphoned into their intricate beautiful little brains, what they see, what they feel, what they experience, forms their little spirits.
Today I wonder if we sometimes take this all for granted.
It seems we are easily led to believe that others can do just as good a job as we can caring for our little ones during those important years.
It seems that we trust experts more than we trust ourselves.
It seems like we are too eager to break that overwhelming bond that is felt that first time you see that baby that will call you "mom" forever.
It seems like we are too easily swayed by what we are "supposed" to call good parenting, when we really think about it, many of those things are just fluff, and not the good stuff...the hard stuff.
Babies don't need much. Toddlers can play with dirt and stones. Children can learn from a few books and nature. But one thing they all need is us.
And all those little moments, all those little chores we do every day, they add up. And I strongly believe that all these little jobs, done with mother love in our hearts, come back to reward us one day. In happy babies, sweet toddlers, smart children, healthy teenagers, and complete adults. If we give the time NOW, I think, we will avoid many of the pitfalls of parenting. Does that mean we will always have an easy time of it? No. But we will have a deep connection, a sense of what that infant, toddler, child, teenager is experiencing in our inner spirits.