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Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches

Rachel Jankovic

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“So realize that your body is a testimony to the world of God's design. Carry the extra weight joyfully until you can lose it joyfully. Carry the scars joyfully as you carry the fruit of them. Do not resent the damages that your children left on your body. Just like a guitar mellows and sounds better with age and scratches, so your body can more fully praise God having been used for His purposes. So don't resent it, enjoy it.”

“Treat sins that your children struggle with like basic math. Practice, Practice, and you'll get it.”

“Sin is a fact of life. It is the way we deal with it that changes ours.”

“The other thing is that the structure is a fence—around freedom. We go on fun walks to practice our obeying and end up at the park, where we run around and play for a while. Obedience to God's law is freedom. Your kids should feel the same way about obeying you. Sometimes you should give them little jobs to obey, knowing full well that they will love to do it. Praise them for their quick obeying. You should not be training them that obedience is bondage. Do not do epic training camps that teach them that obedience leads to sitting quietly on your hands and speaking to no one. Obedience to Scripture is life. So if you are giving lots of commands it should be things like, "Okay, stir this. Grab the eggs out of the fridge. Great. Dump in the flour. Nice job." God does not command things that make life miserable—His commands are a means of joy. Make your children understand that obedience leads to freedom and joy—it is the path of life.”

“The opportunities for growth and refinement abound here—but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.”

“So make sure that before you start rebuking them your own heart is in order. Thank God for the headache. Thank Him for these prime opportunities to teach. Thank Him for the scuffle that your children are currently having over who unbuckled who and why. And then, after your own heart has been sorted out, move on to theirs.”

“Setting behaviors into stories is a great way to communicate with your little people.”

“Setting behaviors into stories is a great way to communicate with your little people. Got a boy hitting a sister? Tell him about a brave knight who went out to fight the dragon but started hitting the princess instead. Give the children a chance to get outside themselves and see their behavior as it plays out in a story. It often turns out that they know exactly the right thing to do.”

“Prioritize your children far and away above the other work you need to get done. They are the only part of your work that really matters.”

“One of the greatest kindnesses you can do for your kids is to lay out for them clear expectations.”

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Book Keywords:

parenting, motherhood

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