Motherhood Requires Grit

Kristen Welch | 8/15/2017 | Kristen
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I pulled my car over so I could answer it.

It’s the kind of message from your child that wrings your heart out.

Urge - Unhappiness

And the urge to run and rescue and relieve their unhappiness is real.

We messaged back and forth and it didn’t take long to discover that even if I could have fixd the situation, I probably shouldn’t.

Car - Side - Road - Baby - Result

As I sat in my car on the side of the road, I thought about how my first baby rarely slept and as a result, neither did I. By the time she was 7 or 8 months old, we were both exhausted. I will never forget sitting outside her bedroom door wringing my hands–my husband nearly holding me down, as she cried herself to sleep for the first time.

It nearly killed me.

Night - Couple - Days - People

She finally slept and every night after, she cried less and slept more. Within a couple of days, we were both new people.

It was the beginning of countless lessons that have taught me this truth: Moms need grit. The kind of resolve that helps us dig deep and do what’s best for our kids even when it’s hard on us.

Grit - Compassion - Kids

Parenting with grit doesn’t mean we don’t feel compassion for our kids. It means we love them enough to step aside so they can step up. Sometimes we have to let them fail miserably, so they can figure out how to get it right.

Grit is something our culture with its “I want it now” and “I deserve it” mentality doesn’t always understand.

Yesterday - Kids - Chores - Errand - Word

Yesterday, I told one of my kids if they finished their chores, I would take them on an errand they wanted to go on. They got distracted and didn’t do what I asked. I was sad for both of us when I had to keep my word.

And when another wanted a school yearbook,...
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