|Like a bad attitude in the grocery store and not so healthy items in the grocery cart.|
Many times I have younger moms tell me, "gee, you're so chill about everything." Now those who know me better know this is not always the case. I certainly have my moments but I think it's funny how moms I meet in our homeschool group, at church or just around our neighborhood think I'm so relaxed. One mom told me recently, "You just seem not to get frazzled by small things." Well, I hope that is true and I think after years of parenting so many children, I've learned to not sweat the small stuff. By small stuff, I don't mean essentials (see previous post) or things that will have a lasting effect on my life or one of my children's lives. But here are some things I see moms "sweating over" that just really don't matter in the long run.
-My child made a B so they won't get in a good college.
-My child didn't make the right soccer team.
-My child didn't get the right part in the play.
-My child doesn't say "please" and "thank you" every single time.
-Or younger moms, "I had to wean my baby before 12 months."
-My child has been so grumpy lately (they're teenagers, it's normal)
- My child ate a non-organic fruit or worse, fast food!
-My child watched a mindless TV show.
-My child wants to wear the same outfit everyday.
-My child says they don't like church...gasp!
Well, you get the picture.
Sometimes I just want to tell these moms, "Chill out! You're letting these minor things steal your joy and rob you of this precious, fleeting time with your young children!"
So, let's all take a deep breath and try to see things from God's eternal perspective and not sweat it.