My mothering lows are far lower than I ever imagined they would be. Mothering is also far more difficult than I ever expected. At the end of a particularly frustrating, irritating day it seems like all my efforts have been for nought. Despite my good intentions and hard work, my children are selfish, whiny small people who I often do not want to be around.
The next morning three simple words cross my mind: MAKE TODAY BETTER.
I already know that my children are not quite as bad as I felt the night before – they have weak areas in their character, to be sure, but also I have failed to institute and enforce necessary family systems that would help us all live together better. I have been inconsistent in my approach to discipline.
Overall they are warm, loving kids who like to have fun.
So MAKE TODAY BETTER.
I can institute the system that our family needs and begin to enforce it.
I can reevaluate my discipline strategy to target what are the real issues and leave the rest alone.
I can make time to really see each child, even for a few minutes, and let them know my interest in them personally by listening to them or playing with them or reading a book to them.
If God will give me the love and grace that I otherwise do not have, today can be much better than yesterday.