May 9, 2012

Some Things I’ve Learned About Being a Mom by Chrissie Grace

I am so thrilled to have Chrissie Grace from In His Grace with us today. She is wife, a mother to 4 adorable children, and an artist. She made the pillow in Lauren’s room and I have admired her blog and her work ever since.
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When Melissa asked me if I'd like to write a guest-post for Mothers Day coming up, I was honored!
Being a mother is one of (if not the greatest) joys in my life. And then I read the line-up of the other mothers. Seriously, I have to go after Shawni from 71 Toes? She has it all...she is like Mom of the Year...no literally, she is!
I got a little nervous and insecure...little ol'me with my flaws and my never-ending mistakes. Who am I to talk about motherhood? Let's screech all that to all a halt right now.
And so I come to #1 on my top 5 list of things I've learned by Becoming a Mother:
1. Don't compare yourself to anyone else...
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It starts when we're pregnant...we feel bad if we can't breastfeed.  We look at our neighbor's 8 month old walking and get embarrased when our 18 month old isn't yet.We feel pressured to buy our daughter cute Gymboree clothes to fit in when we can't afford it and have been blessed with a set of hand-me-downs.
You know the drill... we compare ourselves (and our children) to what "everyone" else has or is doing. What an unfortunate deal to pass on to our kids.  Let's stop that nonsense now.  Let's teach our kids that God makes everyone different for our reason.
There is so much beauty in that.


2. Magic Erasers really are magical.
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(No, I was not paid to say that. Trust me. Think black permanent marker on your white leather couch)
3. Be Loud and Proud.
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(My kids ever-growing art gallery)
Yes, I know it can be a little obnoxious to brag about your kids. But guess what? The world can be a little tough sometimes. It's nice for a child to know that they will go home to their biggest fans. Sitting in the 90 degree heat watching baseball isn't my idea of a great time, but I will dang sure try to be there when it's my son on the field. My husband is not a big ballet fan, but what would a recital be without Daddy showing up with flowers?
We celebrate the little things too. When an anxious child steps out of her comfort zone, she is praised for being brave. When a child who tends to be a little self-centered shows generosity, he is thanked for his kindness. When one studies for a test and tearfully brings home a C, we gently remind him that he was responsible and showed great effort.
4. Play outside every day.
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Yes, this is a big one for me. It's probably a little easier living in Florida, where we don't deal with snow and freezing temperatures. But as the world becomes more and more dependent on electronics, I insist that kids get off the dang T.V. (computer, ipad, nintendo 3ds etc.) and GO OUTSIDE! Ride bikes, scooters, jump rope, run, swim, play soccer, baseball, tennis, play with sidewalk chalk, climb trees, search for frogs, and more. I want my children to love the outdoors.
5. Read this book.
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This book changed me as a parent.
Because I am completely and totally not qualified to give advice on having grace.
Because I lose my patience and hide in the bathroom sometimes.
Because I wonder sometimes how I will get through a particular moment, or a particular day.
Because I forget to be the tooth fairy sometimes and feed my kids sugar laden cereal for breakfast 20 mornings in a row.
Because I need to remember that God is in ultimate control, not me.
But mostly because I love my children unconditionally. I want to love them like God loves me. I want to parent them the way He parents me.
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9 comments:

  1. I just love this -- so very very much. Thank you for making me feel better!

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  2. I have had a fitbit for about 3 months.  I clip to my bra every day.  It came off once but it was only bc my nursing baby pulled if off.  It does come with a holster so you can hook it to pants or other parts.  I have never tried it anywhere other than my bra. 
    As far as it goes, I really enjoy it.  I look forward to getting in just one more flight of stairs to see how many I can do in a day.  I also enjoy seeing how far I walk in a day.  I don't monitor my food or sleep with it.  And I don't think that it is very user friendly out of the box. (There were no manuels in the box or really online.)  But after you charge it for an hour it is ready to go.  If you don't think your mother would use all the features then maybe just find her a reallly nice pedometer. 

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  3. Hi Melissa,

    Sorry that this is off topic (although I really enjoyed Chrissie's post); but can you answer a question for me about the Ultra Fitbit? I am thinking it might make a nice (belated since I haven't given my DH the info yet) Mother's Day gift.  1) didn't you lose yours? 2) is there a way to snap it on your write throughout the day versus your belt loop or bra?

    Thanks,  Jennifer

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  4. melissa*320 sycamore1/16/14, 11:53 PM

    Chrissie,
    We should have stock in magic erasers! I love your comparison sign...I think I need it hanging right by my computer when I'm on pinterest :) The book looks really good~thank you for the recommendation and all of your insights. It's very evident you love what you do. Happy Mother's Day!! :)

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  5. What a great list!  Magic Erasers are such a cleaning blessings.  While I'm not "erasing" crayon and market stains yet, I buy these in bulk for glass rings left on the counter and nasty bathroom cleanings.  I also love that you're so proud of the artwork that your children make.  Think of how happy it makes them to have their creations displayed.  We currently display art from our nephew on the fridge.  Your children are beautiful and you sound like a wonderful mother.  Happy Mother's Dayy!

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  6. This post is perfect! My husband and I also believe that kids need to play outside, and the comparison quote is something I always have to remind myself as well. I love my art wall, and I love magic erasers. I will have to read that book.

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  7. I love your Blog! What a Beautiful Family you have! Have a Very Happy Mothers Day!

    Denise

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  8. I too love the comparison sign.  I just wish we would all stop doing that.  Guilty as charged.  I think if we as adults were to stop this, our children would be kinder to each other and themselves as well.  And, I agree...kids need outdoor time.  I hate that some schools have taken away recess!

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  9. ShelbyPerfectlyImperfect1/16/14, 11:53 PM

    Beautiful post! The book is now next on my list. Thank you for sharing! Happy Mother's Day!

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