I was reminded this morning of a post I made about 7 years ago on the Best Advice I ever got from my mom:
… when my oldest was a toddler and I a new mom, my mother was observing me one afternoon and after about an hour she said, “the toddler you allow today is the teenager you are stuck with tomorrow. Get control now, or you will never have it.”
I was so offended! HMPH!
I gathered my little bitties and I went home.
But, I’m a ponderer. So I pondered…
It was the turning point for me as a mom. Obedience the first time, every time became the goal. Life became much more joyful. And my toddlers grew into teens who were/are such joys to be with.
I now have those toddlers as a young adult, and I will tell you, it was SO worth the effort. They are not beaten down and oppressed. Our girl is sassy and imaginative. Our young man is bold and strong-minded.
That obedience they learned to give us transferred to teachers, supervisors at work, and most importantly their God.
So, Go, Moms! These days of hard work and sunrise to sunset molding and instructing are worth your time. Hit your knees and obey your Father in Heaven, the first time every time.