Tuesday, May 22, 2012

5/22/12 Terrific Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday-sometimes you have to call the day terrific and hope the terrific is on the way because sometimes life is really hard and you need the terrific to come.

There are days when you wake up in the morning and  your headache from last night is almost gone, you feel a little rested and the responsibilities of the new day have not hit you yet. You feel good and almost gather the strength to get up out of bed and face the day. Then, before you can move, before you can get started on what you have to do, the children get up and get at you. At those times you need to marshal all your strength and get prayed up and get ready for battle.

I often quote one of the song's from the move "Hustle and Flow"
     It's hard out here for a pimp
    When he's trying to get money for the rent
     For the Cadillac and gas money spent
     Cause a whole lot of *** jumping ship

In my case, the song has been re-imagined
     It's hard out here for a mom
    When she's trying to get her family raised
    Cause the kids attitudes and minds
    Can drive a mama crazy sometimes!

On occasion even the best child, the most wonderful child on the planet needs to be disciplined for improper behavior. Children have chores, homework or other things they must do in order for a family to function as a cohesive unit. When the children do not do what they are supposed to do and a parent must step in and issue discipline or punishment of some kind, life often gets ugly. Children will say some hurtful and scary things in an attempt to avoid punishment. They will make threats to do all kinds of dastardly things in order to avoid or mitigate punishment. It may seem like it would be easy to cancel the punishment in order to appease a child. However, just because something is easy, doesn't make it right.

As parents, we must stand strong. We must be able to withstand tears, tantrums and outrage from our children. Parenting, if it is done correctly, is not a game for the weak, it requires strength, perseverance, and the hand of God.  It is terrific to stand tall, be strong and be a parent because parenting is not a job for the weak.

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