In Others’ Words: Ya Gotta Believe
One way I learned was by watching other moms — seeing what they did, seeing if it worked for them, trying to figure out if it would work for me.
Another way I learned was by reading books — lots and lots of books. I underlined, wrote do’s and don’ts in notebooks, and compared those notes with other moms.
I asked advice from older, wiser moms. And one day I became that older, wiser mom and younger moms were asking advice of me. And after watching all those other moms, after reading all those books, after asking all those questions, I distilled all those do’s and don’ts, all those shoulds and shouldn’t’s, down to my number 1 if-all-else-fails-do-this-mom-priority:
I want my children to know that I love them.
And loving them means I believe in them. I’ve got their backs. I’m standing on the sidelines of their lives cheering them on. I’m praying for them as they pursue their dreams. I know that God began something good in them and He will complete it. (Why do I know this? Because He says so in Philippians 1:6 NASB.)
Have I told my kiddos other things like brush your teeth … eat your vegetables … do your homework … drive safely … choose wisely … call your mother …
Yes, yes, I have.
But, what I want them to know deep down in their hearts so that they never, ever forget it is that I love them and I believe in them — even when they don’t believe in themselves. Because we all have those moments of doubt, don’t we? And what’s a mom for if not for those moments when self-doubt steps in?
In Your Words: Now it’s your turn to finish this sentence: A child needs _______________.
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