Most Moms that I know have at some point in their children's lives experienced some parenting guilt. Some more than others. This is something I've always struggled with, because I've certainly made my share of mistakes on this mothering journey. It occurred to me recently though that I am experiencing some freedom from the ugly guilt-monster. Don't get me wrong, I still deal with this at times, but God has delivered me from much of the angst and worry that once nagged at my heart.
In a Bible study I attended several years ago, the teacher began the first session with an icebreaker. She asked each of us to share at least one thing we felt we had done right in our mothering. To be honest, it had never occured to me to look at the positive things I was doing in my child's life. Of course, our oldest was only a year old at that time, but even so, I felt I had already made major mistakes as a Mom. This exercise was incredibly freeing and uplifting. So I was thinking about this today as I sat rocking my sick toddler, and I thought it might be encouraging to start a Guilt-Free Mommy Meme. If you'd like to participate, list three things on your blog that you feel you have done well in your mothering, then leave a comment here with the link to your post. I would love to read your responses.
So, on with my list:
1. I sing my children lullabies.
2. I read to them lots. (Of course I do - I'm a homeschooling Mama!)
3. I tell them "I love you" - usually several times a day!
Come on, now, ladies, and let me hear from you. It's your turn to toot your own Mommy horn! :)
(Oh, and by the way, Julie Ann Barnhill has written a wonderful book that helps Moms understand and deal with their Mommy-guilt. It's called Motherhood: The Guilt That Keeps on Giving. I read it a couple of years ago, and it was one of the tools God used to heal my guilt-ridden heart. I highly recommend this book!)
The Lord tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.