You often hear people say, If I could do it over again, I would do it so differently.
Maybe it’s about your teenage years, college, marriage, or raising kids.
I don’t know about you, but I want to learn from those lessons now, before I make the mistake.
So when I saw this thing about what Grandmother’s say they would go back and differently. I printed it out. I’m going to post it at my fridge, so maybe some of these lessons you and I won’t have to learn the hard way.
Specifically about raising a family…
I would stop and read to and with them a lot more often and would enjoy simple times, like tending a garden, rather than resenting the request as an intrusion in the list of things I needed to get done.
I would have more humor in my home. Humor is like flour in a recipe and it brings it all together.
I would share the love of the Lord and not just the rules of good behavior. I think I often confused compliance with understanding.
I'd be patient and make pleasant memories with my children so they wouldn't remember all the times I was in a hurry, or mad, or unhappy and discontent. Instead they'd remember a mom who was patient, kind, and loving with them.
During the teen years I was dealing with disrespect or being ignored, and I allowed that to stifle me. I wish I had gone into their rooms then at bedtime and told them how much I loved them, asked how I could pray, and hugged them.
“Run and play with your kids. Be a child again. Your dirty house will be there tomorrow, but the children will soon be gone."
What would you go back and do differently?