The other day I woke up with a list that was a mile long. Internet wasn’t working – AGAIN and my mood was not so good. It would have been the perfect time to hunker down and only focus on my list or take my computer to the local coffee shop and tackle those things with an iced tea in hand and working internet. But, as you might have guessed, that did not happen.
My son and daughter are getting confirmed next week. Grace LOVES shopping so of course she had found her dress awhile ago. Shopping is not a favorite of Drew’s (surprise, surprise), but he keeps growing and growing so new dress clothes were a necessity. I had suggested that he and Grace go shopping together, while I stayed at home and tackled my list. She could definitely help him find a great outfit, but Drew was not thrilled about that. As the date is getting closer, he is getting a little more anxious. This felt like it could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
So…I adjusted my plans, set aside my list, and revamped my attitude. He needed his mom. And that is my top priority.
As parents, we know our children best. It is up to us to be intentional parents. Know when is the right time to give them the nudge and encouragement to be more independent, know when to pull them back in closer to us, and know when they need someone to prop them up or walk alongside them. It isn’t easy, it isn’t always convenient, but it is always worth it.