I think it's fair to say that most things that happen during our journey through momming and parenthood are universal across all people and cultures. No matter who we are, we feel a terrifying sense of responsibility of how our kids turn out in this ever-changing world. We don't fully realize this until these little aliens are placed in our arms for the first time. When they hand you your pink, slimy baby, your first thought is, "OMG SO MUCH FUDGING LOVE FOR THIS MONSTER!!!" Immediately followed by, "I hope he doesn't become a serial killer."
The pressure is real. Almost crippling. You've never wanted to NOT fail at something more. It was no big deal when your cat turned out to be a serial killer because the only thing worse than your cat are those mice it would brutally attack and leave half dead on your doorstep. The scariest part of parenting is that no matter how amazing of a parent you are, your sweet slimy babies will grow into adults who are allowed to think for themselves (hopefully ... I mean that's part of the goal, right?) and that means that they might some day disagree with you and be out of your control. Baby gates won't be able to hold them as adults (unless they are the gates I have because they are like Fort Knox). Feeling helpless yet? Yeah, like every second of every day.
Want to know my secret? Faith. Faith that God - the Great God who knit me and my babies together and who knows all things - will give me wisdom as I parent my sweetly unique babies. The Bible promises us "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I hold on to this promise like it's a winning lotto ticket. I seek God's wisdom and guidance every moment of every day as I parent. It is at the core of my parenting. Without it, I wouldn't be able to enjoy the little things (like walking into my son's room to find he's some how pulled all the diapers out of the diaper genie and put them down his slide).
With this I introduce Sunday Series: momming with God & Faith. Most of what you will find on Momming Is Hard is universal - for moms from all walks of life - because kids are kids and we will all go through the same things. Sundays will be reserved for momming from a Christian lens, because that is at the core of how I get through every day - the good days, the bad days and the days where I don't get around to brushing my teeth until 3:00pm.
As you know, I am no expert parent. I'm still navigating all this babying business, and will be upfront about my failures and share my small successes in case they can encourage and inspire you. Come back some Sunday and let's figure this shiz out together.
I'd love to hear from you. How does faith impact your daily mom life?