Parenting – A Path of Grace

My thoughts (and others’) on this journey I’m on. God’s constant grace is my drive, my strength, my desire, and the only thing which is moving me onwards and upwards.

10 little nuggets of wisdom I’ve picked up … January 5, 2008

Filed under: parenting — mrswibbs @ 3:36 pm

I’ve been a Mum for 7 years now. And have three kids. Boys. All of them. The first has ADHD/Aspergers, the second has Down Syndrome, and the third is just what one would call an unguided missile…that is to say he probably has ADHD too! So they are not ordinary children by any stretch of the imagination 😉 but for that I am grateful because they are teaching me so much!! And while there are so many many more than 10 things I have learnt, I thought I’d maybe jot down 10 of them for now. Randomly of course. There will be more another time.

10 things I’ve learnt about being a mum:

1. Choose your battles carefully

2. Kids love playing with grown ups

3. It’s ok for kids to get messy and muddy!

4. It’s ok for siblings to fight sometimes

5. A parent MUST get regular child-free times

6. A child MUST get regular one-to-one ‘special time’ with Mummy and/or Daddy. Every day if possible.

7. It’s important to talk with your kids and to communicate how you’re feeling. This in turn will help them identify how they’re feeling

8. It’s ok to cry in front of your kids

9. Praise, praise, praise. Always praise what can be praised; anything at all; ignore the rest 🙂

10. Pray, pray, pray…Seek God as He is the ultimate, the perfect parent!

 

Parenting Job Description December 28, 2007

Filed under: Funny,parenting — mrswibbs @ 12:04 pm

 Job Opening
POSITION: ParentJOB DESCRIPTION: Long term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills and be willing to work various hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is for the rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs $5 to go skating. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life………….if you play your cards right.

I rather like this 🙂

Here is where I got it from.

 

A new blog… December 24, 2007

Filed under: General — mrswibbs @ 7:43 pm

 Hello!  Welcome to my new ‘ranting facility’!!

I’m hoping this place will be used to describe my experiences related to parenting in a more ‘concentrated’, exploratory way; but also to let off steam sometimes; and most definitely to share other people’s wisdom, tricks of the trade, advice – or whatever you may like to call it.

 My other blog is more general and will remain my main focus. This here is maybe to become a little more specialised, and also somewhere where I can be of some help to others who are going through similar struggles?

In any case I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me 🙂 I’m by no means an expert, except perhaps that I am mum to three boys who each have “special needs”… I’ll introduce them to you one by one, in the next few posts. Although you may already know them of course if you read ‘Going Deeper’!