For a few years, I was the poster child for mother of small children. I had four children under the age of four. The preschool years were some of the hardest of my parenting life. So, I want to talk to you young moms out there who have a lot of little ones in your home. During the holidays you are probably hearing about all kinds of traditions, decorating ideas, gifts, projects, crafts, recipes, etc. If you’re like me, you are thinking that these would be great things for you to do with your kids, for your relatives, etc. Can I offer a bit of advice that may help you and your family this year? Consider keeping it simple. Very simple. Don’t look at what others are doing and think you should be able to do it all. or any of it. I will tell you from experience that there will be many years ahead when you can enjoy all of these things. It really will happen. You will be able to deck your halls, bake homemade cookies, host an open house, contribute to a charity, you name it. Don’t feel guilty or inept about it. You are in a season, and it is one that will pass faster than you can imagine today.
I know you gals (most of you) who read this blog. I so admire that you want to make the most of every opportunity to make memories with your children, teach them it is better to give than to receive, and most importantly that Christmas is about our Savior coming to earth to rescue sinful man. But it just may be that this year you make memories during birthdays, teach it is better to give than to receive at Father’s Day, and simply focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s just a thought.