Friday, September 3, 2010

Parenthood is like... hard

Oh my. I knew it would be hard in the hypothetical way, before we ever had all these kids running around. I knew it would never actually get any easier when my first born was anti-sleep. I knew it would only get harder when my cute little second born never EVER listens. (Oh, how I quake about his teen years...) I knew.

But as I am living and breathing this motherhood thing, I still KNOW it's hard, and it's never going to get any easier.

Just different.

Today, I was so frustrated and disappointed with my eldest (He was making BAD BAD BAD choices! Choices that I assured him would land him in the slammer if he was old enough.) And I found I just had to walk away from him. Not because I was going to beat him or sell him to the circus but because I honestly didn't know WHAT to do or say.

Sharing is easy. You make the kid share. Hitting is not acceptable. All the little toddler-esque issues we deal with on a minute-by-minute basis paled. I didn't know what to do.

So I stepped away, leaving him forlornly on the time-out rug. I prayed. I thought, "Father, what am I to do with this kid you gave me? I mean, WHAT?"

I contemplated while I cleaned the kitchen. And while no huge revelations entered my mind, a solution that involved apology notes and confession seemed best. So, that's what we did. He's growing up, he's learning, and it's my freaking job to ensure that he grows up to be the man he is supposed to be.


Parenthood is like... hard. Way hard.


Andrea said...

Hey, just stopped by from MMB. I totally agree--parenting is way hard.

Alisa and Jared said...

Amen, sista!

Becky said...

How old is your oldest? I am in the same boat - it's hard to know which consequences are going to make an impact. I keep choosing consequences that don't have anything to do with the actual behavior because I simply don't know what to do.

Totally hard. Hang in there!

Carly said...

I commend all you mothers of boys, especially mothers like you who have several of them. Heavenly Father has entrusted you with these spirits that will grow up to be hopeful priesthood holders, good fathers, good husbands, good role models. That is a crap load of pressure. But as a mother of girls I thank you! We need more good men in this world!

The Nelsen Family: said...

I so agree, Morgan. It's so ridiculously hard. I'm really struggling with Andrew and his choices lately. But, it's still worth it. Usually. ;)


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