As parents, we all wrestle with feeling as though there is not an end to the demands we face every day while caring for our children and our home. It can become overwhelming and discouraging as we work tirelessly, only to have the dishes pile up, the toys strewn across the floor once more, and all within less than 24 hours. We ask ourselves, “when does it end?” I promise there is an end, but more vanishes in that moment than we realize.
Why is it that we hear, “they are so sheltered!” with a quick laugh and a condescending tone? As if it is a bad thing to have a child unaware of the harsh reality of the world we live in. Whether it is the cartoon movies with adult humor, or the suggestive photographs casually placed at the checkout lane, there is enough out there clamoring for their attention that we wish wasn’t so in their face. If we are being completely honest with ourselves, the world taints a child’s innocence at too early of an age.
Our minds are exactly like a fertile garden. We can water seeds of negativity that grow like weeds and starve all around it, or conserve our energy to nourish and bear the fruit of joy, peace, motivation, patience. This post addresses ways to consciously alter our thinking to benefit our overall mental and physical wellbeing.