1.01.2009

Mothering Without Smothering

Mothering without being smothered means we limit what we are willing to do for our children. It is not in a child's best interests to have a mature, capable adult at his beck and call twenty-four hours a day, waiting to feed him his favorite foods, then clean up his messes, entertain him when he's bored and pacify him when he's cranky. We're mothers, not handmaidens to royalty.
~Annie Chapman
note to self: In the new year, start having better boundaries with my children and continue to demonstrate Christ' love and grace to them in real and tangible ways. I want to teach and guide, not smother.
Little Miss, before bedtime, shared a little with us into the how's and why's of her people-loving personality:
Mommy: Kya, why don't you like playing with your doll house by yourself?
Kya: Because playing by yourself is "alone time".
And I don't like "alone time".

4 comments:

  1. It's a hard thing to do but yes we need to have boundaries so they can learn :-)

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  2. Hey Happy Be-lated New Year! Hope you have a healthy and good 2009!

    Angie
    "Nana's Box"

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  3. My husband said to say that are kids are the same way. They only like playing with mama and daddy. We've been trying to work on that but it seems like I have to actualy give them ideas of what to do. When I was a kid, I don't ever remember playing with my parents.

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  4. Just today I was thinking I need to be better about this. I suppose this is tougher for stay-at-home-moms? I don't know. I don't want to hover....but I also want my children to grow up feeling they had adequate quality time with me!

    Such a delicate balance!!

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