Raising kids is hard work and great joy and hard work. There are seemingly endless days when little bodies are busy and unsteady, and bigger bodies are busier and stretching their wings. We need wisdom, and fortunately, we know the One who has it, and who knows them intimately, and gave them talents that can be used for Kingdom glory.
It’s hard to keep that perspective in the middle of work, house care, laundry, dishes, chauffeuring kids to activities and so much more. I saw a Facebook meme (I know) that compared motherhood today to motherhood of years past. For today’s Moms, it said “make sure your children’s academic, emotional, psychological, mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional and social needs are met …” It warned about the dangers (real and perceived), like GMOs, social media, pesticides. Tongue-in-cheek, it ended with “… don’t forget the coconut oil.”
In contrast, the “How to be a Mom in literally every generation before ours” listed one thing: “Feed them sometimes.”
I know it’s an exaggeration, but today’s parenting is complicated. Gratefully, we have a Good Shepherd to lead us. “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young” (Isa. 40:11). Father, lead on when we are tired and weary. Tend, gather, carry, and gently lead, as only You can.