In my own family dynamics, I have 3 very active boy warriors close together. Because of the close age gap, Fearless Boy Warrior is learning things and doing things way before his older 2 brothers were at the same age. He wants to be involved and included in everything his brothers do. This can be difficult as he doesn't yet have the capacity or fine motor skills that his older brothers have. His enthusiasm to give everything a try though is inspiring - hence the name Fearless Boy Warrior.
This week we went to a two hour circus class. The boys were taught skills such as high rings, trapeze and juggling. Leader Boy Warrior and Courageous Boy Warrior had a great time learning these new skills. Fearless Boy Warrior was too young to participate. He was however, happy just to be close to the action. When the children dropped their juggling balls, he ran and picked them up. I checked with the teachers whether he was being a nuisance and they assured me that he was OK. Two hours is a long time to sit still for an active 3 year old boy warrior.
I meet with a group of mothers and their children weekly at a park during the school term. It is a place of grace and encouragement for us all. I leave the gathering feeling uplifted. I am so grateful that I have found a safe place. That's what we should be doing as mothers - encouraging one another. Motherhood is hard. It is tiring. It is tedious. It is hard to navigate. Mothering is not a competition sport. There is no right or wrong way to parent. This is why we need each other. We need to build each other up, not tear each other down. We need to show grace.
Still taking lessons from the King,