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January 9, 2014
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Marla Smart: The Mom Challenge | Moms

My husband and I are sitting in our house today, alone. Both of us are off work this week, but the kids are not.

They have been going and doing all the things they need to do, and since two out of three of them drive, we have been doing very little.

It strikes me that this is what life is going to be like more and more. Am I ready for this change?

I found a cute “30 Day Mom Challenge” the other day online. I posted it on our MOPS Facebook page and got a response of, “Love this! Not sure about # 8 though,” from one of my friends.

Number 8 is: “Calculate how many weekends are left until your child graduates from high school.”

It forces a perspective you may not have noticed before. Yes, there are more days in a week than the weekend, but that is really “family time” as your family grows up.

Teens get so busy during the week with school, sports, work, jobs, and friends. The time you spend with them sometimes gets accidentally pushed to the background, unfortunately.

It’s been said many times before (by me as well) that as mothers we need to remember to cherish every moment when they are little because they grow up and that part of mothering is over.

I have 22 weekends until my son graduates from high school, and very soon after that he leaves for basic training for the National Guard.

I have approximately 178 weekends with my youngest. Though her graduation date does not fall until 2017, that is not many weekends in the grand scheme of things.

When it’s time to open the front door and let them walk out into the world on their own, I want it to be with confidence that comes from filling their minds and hearts with trust in the Lord, memories they will cherish, wisdom that comes with age, love and laughter, and most especially our support of them.

The Mom Challenge list is full of great ideas. The challenge is to do one thing a day, matched to the day of the month.

I would hope that all these things could become habits and would affect our parenting daily. Not only are these great parenting skills, but also invaluable ways to model great behavior as an adult. And isn’t that the whole idea? We want to raise our children to be successful adults.

I want to add this to my list of goals for the year. Maybe we all can challenge each other to parent in ways that will inspire and support our children. What are some of your ideas?

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be” -David Bly

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