I’m not really the fuzzy, overlook everything, cover everything with a big blanket of love person. But. When I stop and think about what the most important thing to remember about parenting might be? There is one thing that really stands out to me.
It’s love. Plain and simple.
Here is the thing. I don’t mean the kind of love that ignores things. I don’t mean the kind of love that excuses bad behavior. But I do mean the kind of love that covers over sin. (I Peter 4:8, and Proverbs 10:12) I do mean the kind of love that doesn’t keep a record of wrong. That is patient, kind, not proud, is not irritable (ouch), and is always hopeful.
The kind of love that God shows me every single day. He shows me that kind of love when I am irritable, when I am keeping track of wrongs, when I am impatient, unkind, proud, irritable and hopeless.
That kind of love. It is an amazing thing to be on the receiving end of. And as a mom? It is the most important thing I can demonstrate, and an incredible gift I can give my children.
So going into your day tomorrow, remember that. Remember it no matter how the day starts.
Show love. Show love when it’s hard, when you’re tired, when you’re feeling irritable. Give your kids that gift.