I know I sometimes fall into this trap with certain things, but I'm trying to get better about it with other things. My pitfalls of starting at the beginning of a week center around my working out especially. I struggle to start something like that in the middle of the week.
I'm making an effort though to make changes around other things when I recognize a need. So many things I see that need a new start have to do with the way I think about things or see things or my attitude. I'm really trying to pray and focus on changing it when I see a need or sometimes when someone else points out a need, often my husband! It's something I want me kids to see in me as they grow up. None of us are perfect, and I want them to see changes in my attitude or behavior so that they know they have the power to do the same thing.
I recently read an article online or several parenting quotes for various things, and a few of them stuck with me. So much that I've printed them out and hope to put them on index cards around my house as reminders. A couple of my favorites are listed below:
- The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. - Peggy O'Mara
- A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to. - Robert Brault
- Children have never been very good a listening to their elders, but they have enver failed to imitate them. - James Baldwin
And one last quote that summarzies so much about what I believe and how our family lives.
- Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation. - Robert A Heinlein