Our youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 5. We’re coming up on our two year anniversary of his diagnoses and managing his diabetes has been anything but easy. At his last appointment his doctor looked at me and said, “Thank you so much for doing such a good job with managing his diabetes. I wish more people did as good of a job as you.” I thanked her for her encouragement and shared that I feel like a failure most days. What she said next really touched me in more ways than one. She said, “you can’t prevent highs or lows (blood sugar), all you can do is manage what you’ve got and you’re doing it beautifully!”
Really, that’s what we can say about being a mother in general. We all want to do the best possible job at parenting and to keep the therapy our children will need as adults to a minimum ~ at the very least! (HAHA)
I feel like a failure sometimes. Especially when parenting challenges seem enormous. If it’s not one thing it’s another and if it’s not one kid it’s the other. As parents we can do everything we can to prevent troubled waters for our children by being the best person possible. But when stressful situations come calling, all we can do is manage what we’ve got. So how do you do that? By reading scripture and falling on our knees in prayer. How’s that for a simple but complex answer?
God is the perfect answer and He can help us handle the “highs and lows” of motherhood. As you probably suspected, my title is a bit misleading. No one is perfect but we can trust in the One who is!
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, DO NOT FEAR, I will help you. ~Isaiah 41:13~
With diabetes, having a blood sugar that is too high or too low is bad for the body. We try our best to keep it in the safe zone. Keeping our kids in the “safe zone” is a lot of work too. To be honest, I fret over this sometimes. But even if we’re at a loss as to what to do or feel frustrated with what the next step is with our children, here are some ways to help.
~ First and foremost: PRAY! Pray for wisdom, for strength, for help and courage. God is there and will answer your prayers.
~ Live for God and obey Him. We need to keep ourselves spiritually healthy by seeking Him everyday.
~ Show your children and your husband unconditional love.
~ Be joyful and patient. This is important.
~ Be attentive and aware as to what is going on with your children.
~ Be a brick wall if you have to. Sometimes it’s necessary to stand firm so your children don’t run the household. I have a child right now who can run the country, if we let him. It’s a battle to keep my position as the one in charge with this particular offspring. He’s going to be a leader, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s a challenge to steer his leadership qualities in the right direction. Sometimes I have to brace myself and be that brick wall. (Moving his bedtime earlier has helped too.)
~ Be kind ~ be good ~ be faithful ~ be diligent. Our children are watching!
~ Seek God and put Him first no matter how chaotic life is.
~ Take care of yourself. Get rest ~ have fun ~ do something that you enjoy and refreshes you.
~ It’s okay to make mistakes. Admit failures, repent and move on. Our children already know we’re not perfect.
Writing this particular blog has been inspirational for me since I’m deep in motherhood right now. Although I’ve been through this and succeeded with my adult children, I’m still in the thick of things with my younger three. And my role has changed with my adult children but it didn’t cease (not to mention that I’m a new Mimi now!!) So it’s been so good to recall these things so that I can be reminded and aware as I go through my day. Motherhood isn’t for wimps ~ our strength comes from God!
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