Saturday, 5 June 2010

Fail parenting

My two little tikes! No signs of the earlier morning sibling fights and mum freaking out with first born child and getting angrier than she should have done. Then retreating to the shower only to be interrupted by;

" Mum, Emma's put a toy in the fish tank!"

So I emerged from the shower covered in soap and a towel and delved into the fish tank to rescue the toy and the fish! I did not flip and gave Emma a look and finished off the shower.
Spoke to Emma about the dangers of toys swimming in the fish tank and then dressed and put them out in the garden!

My point here is that I find parenthood a series of failures and successes. I could have just posted the lovely picnic photo telling of how we had a lovely picnic in the garden together and a peaceful, friendly time.
But that wouldn't have been real! I fail daily as a parent. I want to be even tempered, loving, patient, kind and demonstrate all the fruits of the Spirit to my children but I don't!

I thank God for His wonderful Son and the grace he has given us. That through Jesus I can ask for forgiveness of my sins each day and start afresh. I should not harbour guilt about how I parented yesterday or the minute before. I need to move on and seek Him.
I don't do that nearly enough.


  1. Collette,

    I am continually amazed at the grace God bestows on us moms all the time. The important thing is that we are growing spiritually all the time and with kids we get daily if not minute challenges to strengthen us.

    I hope you stop by my newest blog and join as a follower. I'd love to have you!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. Hi and thank you for your lovely comments. You are right Kat that we do grow spirtitually all the time and that is such a great way to look at parenting!
    I will have a look at your new blog asap.
    Collette xxx

  3. We are all on this journey together! I can't tell you how many times I mess up, I react instead of responding, or the nights I go to sleep worrying that somehow my parenting fails are going to somehow stunt my children's emotional growth. But, like you, I go back to the grace that God so lavishly pours out upon me. He is not expecting perfection. Simply obedience and a willing heart.


  4. How true is this post. So very real! No parent is perfect. If we tried to be we would be teaching our children a lie. Every day is a lesson. And I too thank Him for His Son!

  5. Oh yes! We fall short daily! Thank God for unconditional love!


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