Just can't say enough about the power of STARTING OVER!
Choosing to start over, start fresh, begin again...whatever you want to call it, is huge! It allows room for so much healing.
Starting over really teaches the importance of forgiveness the understanding that no one is perfect. Our children have a hard time believing they are good enough to be loved even though they mess up - they don't know the concept of forgiveness. It also allows us to forgive ourselves when we are upset about the choices we made in regards to our children, our spouse, our friends. We can parent better if we can allow ourselves a clean slate.
The choice to start over is an essential building block of self-esteem for our children. It says you are more important than your behavior, you are so important to me we are going to start fresh. It says I know you can do this!
The choice to start over is a gift of hope to our children. Starting over fresh is a chance to really connect. It is our assurance to them that we believe they can do it no matter what. It is what fuels them to keep trusting, to keep risking their heart and to really know - in their core - that they are worthy of good things! That they are worthy of a family, of never ending love, of joy, of a future full of potential and so much more.
So, when everything seems to be falling apart, when you have been hurt by ugly behavior or ugly words, when you've done or said something you are not proud of, when it seems like nothing is working...choose to start over. Let go of the hurt, the ugly, the shame, the fear that it will never change. Forgive. Start fresh. Choose to do this every day, every hour and sometimes every minute, for as long as it takes. There is great power in choosing to start over!
Remember...you are NOT alone!