#10: Forget perfection. Great Moms are not perfect Moms. They’re women who are ordinary who trust God, who is extraordinary.
Great Moms don’t try to hide their mistakes or pass the blame to keep up appearances. They don’t expect their children to be perfect so that their behavior will reflect well on their own parenting skills. They still answer the door to unexpected company, even when the house isn’t spotless. They’re women who risk greatness by risking failure and who are honest with themselves and others about both their victories and their defeats. They’re women just like you, com mitted to being exactly who God created them to be.
#9: Follow in Higher Footsteps. One way children learn is by imitating their parents. As God’s child, you have a perfect Parent, one whose love never fails and whose patience never ends. There is no better example to follow than that of your heavenly Father.
Though Jesus never had children, you can better understand God’s love for His children by reading about how Jesus loved the people God put in His care. Pick up a Bible and read the book of John . Notice how Jesus responded to interruptions, how he used everyday life as a teaching tool, how he humbly washed the disciples’ feet. Consider what aspects of Jesus’ life you can apply to your own.
#8: Learn from your little ones. Some of the world’s best teachers aren’t even old enough to attend school themselves. You can learn many lessons from your children, lessons such as the wonder found in a common ant or the fun it is to ride a swing. Sometimes “why” can be answered only by God.
To learn from a teacher of any age, you need to be an attentive student. Watch how your children interact with the world around them. Tune into them when they talk, even if they talk a lot. Ask them questions. Give them ample opportunities to explore. Encourage them to try new things. And try new things yourself.
#7: Say “I’m sorry”. Everyone blows it now and then. A Mom who can acknowledge her own failings, apologize to those she’s hurt, forgive herself, and then move on is a Mom who models humility and the frailty of humanity for her children.
Righting a wrong takes admitting what you did, voicing a sincere apology, asking anyone you’ve offended to forgive you, and making restitution, if necessary. When you apologize to your children, or your children witness you apologizing to your spouse or a friend, you help give them the courage to do the same.
#6: Support your children with prayer. As your children learn to walk, you support them with a strong, steady hand. Through prayer, you put your children in God’s hands, which is a way of supporting them every step of the way, every day of their lives.
Prayer is a way of loving your children —as well as acknowledging that God’s love for them is even deeper than your own. Turn every hope and fear you have for your family into a prayer. Then relax and be the mother God created you to be. Your children’s heavenly Father is at work, even when you’re asleep.