June 8, 2009

Raising Kids

I have to say that I enjoy being a mom and being at home with my children, but it's hard sometimes. It's frustrating when your children won't listen to you, won't do what you tell them to do, when they talk back to you, when they try to get their way. It's not easy being a parent and it's not easy to raise kids, the only way that I have found to get through and not lose my sanity is through God. I need to pray everyday and just talk to God, my father to help me and to guide me through this parenting journey, so that I make the right decisions when it comes in raising my girls.


Mercedes said...

Amen. I frequently pray asking God to remember how my beautiful child is worth it all.
Welcome to SITS!
You are going to be a great addition.

Ashley said...

Absolutely!! I actually just heard the best song this morning on the radio, it's a new song by Tracy Lawrence (yes, country till the day I die!). It's called "Up To Him" and the line that caught me said "I just work like it's all up to me and pray like it's all up to Him."

Love it.

One thing that helps me with my little one is that we have penny jars. I have one and he has one and mine started out with $5 in pennies in it. Every time he does something good, nice, special, or sweet he gets a penny or two. But every time he disobeys, doesn't listen, or talks back, etc. he loses a penny.

I have to do it in spurts because after a bit it loses its effectiveness, so I just sit them back and we come back to them in a month or so when it's new and exciting again. But it does work and whenever they do something good, even if you're not near the jar you can let them know you'll reward them by saying "Penny" or likewise, if they're bad and you're not near it, you can tell them "Penny" and typically mine straightens right up.

There are also good verses throughout the Bible that, I think, would work well for older children that can understand them.

I would wish you good luck, but you don't need it with God on your side!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

I hear ya. Without the Lord we can't do it. We just can't! It's too bad not more people don't realize that! Welcome to the SITSahood - you're going to love it!

Lisa M said...

I hear you. Being a parent is the hardest and most wonderful job.
I just got power of a praying parent and plan to read it soon.

Welcome to the SITStahood!

Sheryl said...

Amen, He can make mole hills out of mountains.

Wanted to stop by and Welcome you to SITS, it's a great place to make new friends.

Two Pretty Little Skirts said...

To bad they dont come with instructions huh? we are going thru the terrible 2's, no... 3's continued.
stopping by from SITS and wanted to welcome you to the SITStahood!


Valerie said...

Jessica so glad you joined SITS!! I know your going to enjoy it! So I am stopping by to welcome you.

Raising kids can be very trying. Even though you don't think so now, you will long for these days! They go so fast! I'll be praying a little prayer for you!!

Aubrey said...

Oh how true this is! I never imagined it would be this hard!

Coming by from SITS! Welcome!!

Jen said...

I so hear you. I think that I need to pray more. Thank you for reminding me.

Stopped by from SITS.

Mamarazzi said...

AMEN!!! sometimes all i have is faith...and i rely on that heavily!

but being a mom is what i was born to do, i know this much is true!!

I am here to welcome you to SITS (I know I am late, but we like to spread out the L-O-V-E)! You are going to love this community of amazing women, the SITStahood rocks!

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Em said...

I would not make it through the day without a prayer or two for strength and patience. Some days it's the only reason why I don't lock myself in a closet :-)

Welcome to SiTS! Em

Christina said...

I believe we can a relate to that!

Stopping in from SITS to welcome you to the SITStahood!

Sapphire said...

Listen, you are doing the right thing. Prayer is the only thing that can get you through this crazy parenting journey!
Oh and welcome to SITS!!!