Monday, February 25, 2013

Motherhood Patience--Only One Childhood



Dear mothers, do you ever get caught up in your "to-do" list and endless responsibilities? Do you get upset with the children slow you down or children get in the way? Do you want to have a clean house at any cost?

Here is a wonderful reminder of seeing the importance treating our children with love and not letting the precious moments of childhood slip by us for the temporal:




Only One Childhood


I stopped to watch my little girl
Busy playing in her room. 
In one hand was a plastic phone
In the other a toy broom.



I listened as she was speaking
To her make-believe little friend
And I'll never forget the words she said
 Even though it was pretend.

She said, "Suzies in the corner
'Cause she's not been very good. 
She didn't listen to a word I said
Or do the things she should."

In the corner I saw her baby doll
All dressed in lace and pink
It was obvious she'd been put there
To sit alone and think.

My daughter continued her "conversation."
As I sat down on the floor
She said, "I'm all fed up, I just don't know
What to do with her anymore.

"She whines whenever I have to work
And want to play games, too;
And never lets me do the things
That I just have to do.

She tries to help me with the dishes
But her arms just cannot reach. 
And she doesn't know how to fold the towels
And I don't have time to teach.

"I have alot of work to do
And a big house to keep clean.
I don't have time to sit and play---
Don't you know what I mean?"

And that day I though a lot about
Making some changes in my life.
As I listened ot her innocent words
That cut me like a knife.

I hadn't been paying enough attention
To what I hold most dear
I'd been caught up in responsibilities
That increased throughout the year.

But now my attitude has changed.
Because in my heart, I realize
I've seen the world in a different light.
Through my little darling's eyes.

So, let the cobweb have the corners
And the dust bunnies rule the floor.
I'm not going to worry about
Trying so hard to keep up with them anymore.

I'm going to fill the house with memories
Of a child and her mother
For God grants us only ONE childhood
And we will never get another. 







by L. Ellis






 Are you encouraged here?




17 comments:

  1. a wonderful reminder to us who forget how busy we can be in our childrens eyes. thanks for this!


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  2. I say that I several of those things and need to slow down and cherish the moments. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Blessings,
    Shan
    The-How-to-Guru.com

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    1. Yes, we need to think--but we need to think wisely!

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  4. Motherhood, although I didn't realize it when I first became a mother, was to be the most important part of my life, next to loving the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  5. What a precious poem. I need to print this off and hang it on my mirror and remember that these long days turn into short years. Thank you.

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  6. You have no idea how much I needed this today. I cried when I read it. Thank you so much for sharing it, I'm going to make a copy of it and hang it somewhere :)

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  7. There is a balance of time with your child but not over endulging them and creating children who become demanding of all your time . You do still need to do other tasks. Children need to be able to entertain themselves whilst you are busy. Otherwise you can up with spoilt children who expect you to always drop everything whenever they ask.

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    1. Dear Joluise,

      I am the first to agree with you and have posted in the past about this! I am not for a 'child-centered' home (if you read my blog long enough you will see that), but there definitely is a tendency for us moms to get caught up with the "doing" that we can forget about what is important. In this fast paced world, we need this reminder. Children are only with us for a short time and we need to not take it for granted!

      Many blessings...

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  8. Heather D. said it beautifully... The days are long but the years are short. My little one is a toddler and sometimes I do feel quite impatient with him because of the mess he often makes! Thank you for the reminder :)

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  9. Wow ... I just love this! Thank you for writing out this blog post. What an encouragement! I truly love your community here on your blog. God bless!

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  10. Oh thank you so much for this post. Very inspiring and that provoking.

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  11. Thankyou so much for this post. I have tears rolling down my cheeks because as I read this it convicted me of what I've been unknowingly doing to my children. My daughter is the exact mirror image of me especially when I hear her talk to her younger brothers or interact with the baby.
    Hopefully if I work on changing myself, its not too late to have a more positive effect on her also :)

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