This week, we're all preparing to meet in St. Simon's Island for our first Beautiful Life Leadership Retreat--woohoo! Unfortunately, that means with juggling sweet kiddos and school and lessons and shopping and groceries and work ... we're not doing a lot of writing. Here's an excerpt from my new article today at The Better Mom. On weeks like this, lowered expectations can be a big help to all of us!
"I walked into my sons' shared room, awkwardly carrying a basket overflowing with fresh-smelling, newly-laundered clothing. As I gingerly stepped through the makeshift obstacle course which this time included a truck, two books, and some unidentifiable, crumpled shirt, I must admit a bit of a frustrated mama-growl. "BOYS! Why is this room such a mess?" I hollered into empty space. The summoned boys didn't answer, as I realized they were probably playing happily in the back yard, having escaped my instruction to pick up first while I was emptying the dryer.
Frustrated and feeling a bit of a failure as I looked about the messy room, I thumped the basket down on the bed and plopped my tired self beside it. "Lord, why? I've told them and told them. They're still not putting their things away! What's wrong?"
It was one of those times when the answer came swiftly ... "Well, they haven't learned yet. That's why you have about fourteen more years with them." The lesson was further driven home when I sighed, went to the back door and called the boys in to pick up, and then made my way to my own bedroom ... with its basket of clothes needing folding, rumpled comforter, and books and magazines, coffee mug, and pens strewn about on every flat surface..."
You can find the rest here! Angry, Mama? Try Lowering Your Expectations