What Hurts a Mother’s Heart
I babysat my 16 month old nephew last weekend. Whew! It hasn’t been that long since my children were that age, but I guess I had forgotten how much work it is to take care of a baby! Now that my children are older, I can actually let them out of my sight and not worry (too much!) about them hurting themselves.
That got me thinking about something I read last week, “When children are little they sit on your lap; when they’re big they sit on your heart.” This is so true. Little children have challenges and needs mom can fix pretty easily… calm a temper tantrum, nurse a bumped head. But as our children grow, their problems are more complex… not making a team, being left behind by a friend. We can’t “fix” those things, and our hearts ache for the life lessons our children will learn the hard way.
An author put it this way, “Having a child is like having your heart go walking around outside your body.” So moms of young children, relish the days of easier fixes. Moms of older children, know that along with the heartaches, your older children will also bring you many heart-joys.
Here’s some practical help for your mom journey.