Someone lied to me when they said raising young kids was hard. It’s much worse. And much better.
Having kids is NOT easy. But you already know that, right? That’s why you’re reading this. You understand waking up at night, the relentless “Mom?” “Mahhhhm?” “MOM!”, hyper kids jumping off your couch after you’ve told them “no” like 40 times…
At times like these, I begin to wonder: Is it worth it?
I look at childless couples on social media and think: I know why they have it all together.
I wouldn’t trade my little kiddies for anything or anyone AND that’s exactly why this post is important. When life gives you lemons, you need to make orange juice.
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What Raising Young Kids has to do with Making Orange Juice
There was a point in my life when I avidly researched everything to know about oranges. Why green oranges and blood oranges come about. What you call land that is populated with orange trees. Why many a-time oranges can taste… off.
One fact I learned was that when farmers took a branch of an orange tree and grafted it into a lemon tree, the produced oranges would be sweeter than the original tree. Somehow when the orange branch was being nourished by the lemon tree (the normal producer of sour fruit), the result was a more flavorful orange—maybe the type you’d like to squeeze into orange juice. (I highly recommend Oranges by John McPhee. It is an affiliate link.)
This is so true of our lives as parents. Not only are kids often sour, then sweet (and vice-versa), but they provide challenges in our lives that can actually help us improve and become more sweet.
My kids have challenged me in ways I never imagined. Each day my patience is tried. Every day I go to bed with my body tired and my brain wiped. From arguments over silly things, like why they couldn’t have their third fruit snack of the day, to following after them, cleaning up messes… it still surprises me that I haven’t been institutionalized.
Having Children is Teaching Me to…
- love without being thanked.
- remember what it was like to be a child.
- have more faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
- be thankful for the small moments in life.
- how to laugh again.
- keep breakable items up high.
- be more efficient at cleaning.
- love the gospel of Jesus Christ more.
- respond to affection.
- cry when it’s necessary.
- make friends with others. No questions asked.
- use gentle words.
- be assertive with strangers.
- have compassion for others.
How have you turned sour situations into orange juice this year? What are you learning from the hard things or the trials in your life? What one goal could you choose to work on this week to improve your relationship with your children?