Things in our household are at times fraught.
One of my darlings is struggling with anger issues at the moment and it’s made worse when she is tired and/or hungry. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, it inevitably gets to me and we come to blows.
I don’t like it.
I’m concerned that I am damaging our relationship.
I feel guilty as I feel that I am not showing a good example of how to be patient.
I’m concerned that it is becoming a habit for her, and it will become a character trait.
I’m concerned that she is going to have the same tendency as me towards depression.
Things in our household are at times whiney.
When the children aren’t allowed to play on the iPad.
When I ask them to help out with household tasks.
When I ask them to tidy up after themselves.
When they have to run errands with Mummy.
I’m tired of the emotions and moods.
I look at my children sometimes and feel like they are ungrateful brats. (Should I really say that?) In true motherhood style, I take on the guilt.
It’s my fault- I’ve indulged them, I’ve been their slave, I’ve run the errands when they aren’t around, I’ve made excusues for their behaviour.
I’d like things to change.
Last night I was praying about what I could do for Lent as I didn’t want to give something up.
(Selfishly I must confess that I don’t like to give things up as my birthday falls into Lent and I would like to enjoy a glass or two, eat some cake or chocolate and read my birthday wishes on FB!!)
I am planning to do a study on prayer over the next 40 days, but I wanted to do something more. That’s when the inspiration was planted.
Thank you Lord.
During the Lent period, my children and I are going to record what created a smile each day.
It could be something that we are grateful for.
It could be something fun that happened during the day.
It could be an act of kindness- that has created a smile on your own or someone else’s face.
If you would like a free printable to record your own smiles this Lent, please leave a comment below and I will email it to you.
Each Sunday, I will share with you an inspiring smile quote and every Friday some of our smiles.
I am hoping that this will result in our home being a happier place and it would be great if it could ripple out across the world.
Would you like to join us?
Keep Smiling this Lent!