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As a parent, our role changes after our kids grow up. But, we’re not always ready for this change. Especially if our kids choose different—even seemingly wrong—paths.
So today, mom and author Mary DeMuth helps us navigate the rocky terrain of parenting adult kids.
And if you’re one of many parents in a painful season of trying to reach your wayward child, Mary shares how you can navigate your heartache, develop new rhythms to reconnect with your adult kid, and place your trust in the Lord for your child’s future.
It’s Sunday night and for the first time in 28 years, I am wandering around my kitchen trying to figure out what to do tomorrow morning. I don’t need to wake up a child for school like I have done for the past two decades, every Monday morning.
I don’t have to check the fridge to think ahead about what I will make for breakfast tomorrow. I don’t need to pull out a lunch box and make sure it is clean and free of Friday’s sticky leftovers. I don’t need to go into a boy’s room and check on his homework or his heart.
I don’t need to go ask anyone about their schedule for the coming week so I can plan transportation or meals. I don’t need to load the dishwasher so my kitchen is not such a mess at 6:00 AM because I don’t have to get up at 6:00 AM and there are only two coffee cups in there anyway.
It was only yesterday that I held my firstborn. It was only yesterday he started kindergarten. It was only yesterday that his little brother was born. It was only yesterday that we listened to Adventures in Odyssey. It was only yesterday that I snuck a paper cup full of Goldfish and Cheez-Its onto the top bunk because he couldn’t sleep. It was only yesterday that our house was full of the pings and buzzes of Mario and Pokemon. It was only yesterday that we were at orthodontists and soccer practice and debate tournaments and orchestra concerts and parent/teacher conferences and graduations.
It was only yesterday, but yesterday now feels like a thousand years ago.
Motherhood comes with lots of stuff — joy, laughter and stress! And, motherhood comes with one thing every mom gets and no mom wants… guilt!
One thing it does not come with is a rewind button! We can’t rewind and redo what we regret. But, that’s okay, sister.
We can do something to prevent some of the regret.
There’s something about routine that brings me comfort. I know what to expect and what each new day will bring.
But, there’s also something about routine – about the dailiness of life – that can make me feel stuck.
I start to feel trapped in my very own life.
Have you ever felt swallowed up in the dailiness of your life — doing the same old chores and tasks over and over and over again?