Social media social media social media.
To be honest, I get nervous and twitchy when I read posts like that. Not because there aren't truths to be heard or wise council that should be heeded. Rather I am suddenly faced with the hard reality that as much as I hate to acknowledge it, I am/will do things that hurt my precious children. Try as I might to be the Best-Most-Loving-Always-Patient-Famously-Creative mama, I won't be able to avoid at least a few things that will cause wounds.
I hate this fact. I want that formula that will guarantee that our family lives happily ever after. I want the 'No Father/Mother Wounds Allowed' sign to hang proudly over our door.
But the reality is this. We are all broken people trying to muddle through life.
I am a broken girl, trying to love and serve her husband.
I am a broken mama, trying to teach and treasure my baby.
I am a broken daughter and sister, trying to juggle family relationships.
I am a broken friend, trying to just show up less than 30 minutes late everywhere I go.
I am a broken Jesus-follower, trying to be His reflection each day.
This is why I am thankful for Grace. Thankful for a God that loves my babies more than I ever could. Thankful that HE is the one who can love them perfectly. I am also thankful for people, like the Babble post's writer, who help us see potential pitfalls within our parenting culture today.
All opinions aside, there truly is a potential danger that our world of social media and excessive screen-time will have as our babies grow. Banning technology though, is not the answer. I could live on a farm and replace Iphones and blogging with bread making and organic gardening, but still not be engaged.
Instead, I want to manage my time well. Balancing the priority of relationships with running a handmade business, building an online community through blogging and social media, as well as being a full time wife and mama.
I thought I would share four simple questions I have started to ask myself each day in regards to my relationship with Emmett. They can also carry over into all my relationships in life. The way I answer them, is an honest gauge of where my priorities lie.
// Have I taken time to I look him in the eyes and talk today?
// Did he see me spending time with Jesus?
// Did we sit down and read together?
// Did he see me being creative?
These are the things that will have a lasting impact in Emmett and any future children's lives. These are greater than growing a big blog or selling record numbers of product through Etsy. I want to shape children that love Jesus and use the gifts and talents He has given them to bless and serve people. I want to be a mama that gets to the end of my journey of motherhood, knowing I took time to be engaged in the lives of our children. That they felt valued and treasured as the incredible gift they are.
^^ Squeezing in a last few days at the park ^^
What ways do you stay engaged in relationships each day?! I would love to learn from you.
Happy Thursday, friends!