Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you are torn between two choices? You want to know the right answer so you say the first thing that comes to mind, whether or not it was the right thing to say. I was a kid who HAD to make straight A's. I studied and studied... more than the average person. When it came time for midterms or finals I was the one who could sell my note cards so everyone else could earn a good grade.
Something that I am learning as a mom is seeing my own mistakes in my children. It is probably the hardest thing I have experienced so far as a young mom. Maddie wants to know the right answer so badly and wants to be the first one finished. It is so hard for me to explain to her that it is okay to slow down. I have a child (like myself) who just reads words. The big picture takes a while to enter into the brain...I want to know the answer and so does she.
I began to think....do we have to know the answers right away? I think that my mind is focused on the "right" answer so I say what comes to mind first... whether or not it is the right thing to say. A friend recently told me that the most successful doctors and attorney's in the world, were the C average students in school. She told me that they wanted to know "why?". They didn't focus on memorizing or knowing every right answer but they really wanted to know why everything worked the way it worked. Maybe that is what I need to focus on as a mom or a teacher, or as a wife, or even a friend. If we just stop and listen and WANT to know why, we could really change a situation, a relationship, or even the world.
As hard as it is to see my weaknesses in my kids, it is becoming a strength to know I can grow from what I am witnessing and maybe help out my "little me" to overcome my weaknesses (even though she may never know it).
Burlap is breathable. As a mom we need to take a moment to breathe (yes I know that is difficult at times.) Burlap is gentle enough to protect it's contents from spoilage. But, at the same time, is durable enough to protect it's contents from rough handling. Moms....we are burlap! We are to protect our kids! When we see ourselves in them...tell them! Well, maybe not everything, but tell them how much you love them, tell them the mistakes (depending on the age). We are their burlap! It hurts so very badly to watch them grow and experience life, well parts of it. However, it is our job to not let it spoil. As woman, we are durable. Be vulnerable to your daughters. Share, laugh, love, and when at the proper age, be honest. I just said it is hard to watch my weaknesses come out in my daughter...well, maybe I am the generation to stop it. We can be the burlap.
My repurpose for today: Sometimes, finding out "why" may take longer than just finding the right answer.
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