Recently I had the opportunity to write for a local parenting magazine. My editor asked me to write “how to” pieces. I was pretty thrilled for the opportunity, especially since this is my first paying gig, but I had to laugh a little bit too. “This makes me sound like a total expert,” I told my husband—and we laughed together. Because I am a mom in the trenches and most days I feel like I don’t have a clue. I may be able to give some ideas about how to help your kids eat more healthfully or how to read aloud, but here are a few topics I will probably NEVER cover.
How to Keep a Tidy House
How to Make Your Kids Stop Fighting
How to Teach Your Children to Write Thank You Notes (I just cringe at how bad I am at this.)
How to Keep Your Three Year Old From Cutting Her Own Hair
How to Raise Musical Children
How to Teach Your Kids to Clean Up After Themselves
How to Have a Serene Home With Toddlers
How to Have a Great Bedtime Routine
How to Create a Perfect Schedule
How to Teach Your Children Not to Write on the Walls
How to Throw a Great Birthday Party
How to Have a Beautiful Yard with Kids
There ya go. That’s just scratching the surface of the lamer side of my mothering. I don’t do it all. I can’t. I do my best and lean on the grace of God, and just a tiny bit at a time I learn a lesson here or there that’s worth passing on. Hopefully my kids will forgive me where I lack, and hopefully I will grow in those areas. But an expert? Maybe when I’m old and gray! If expert advice is what you want, check back in 40 years!