Sometimes My best is just not adequate
Dangit. Sometimes I wish children came with an instruction manual. Something God wrote with wisdom specifically for each child that could help us raise them to be good humans.
I mean, I guess if I’m being honest, I probably wouldn’t read it.
Let's be real... I’m not much for instructions or following directions.
But it sure would come in handy to look in the table of contents for times when I’m desperate for answers, help, and advice. Which, is a lot I guess. Man, I don’t want to ruin this kid.
If I had one of them though, some key points might look like this.
Chapter 1 - How to take care of another human when you can’t even take care of yourself.
Chapter 3 - What to feed your child when he won’t eat ANYTHING you put in front of him. *Hint* - Mac&cheese. Always. Figure out a way to convince yourself it’s healthy.
Chapter 6 - How to tell your child the truth about Santa Claus after all the lies that have come out of your mouth the last 7 years. Claim all fault and beg for forgiveness. Bribe them with better Christmas presents to love and trust you again if needed. Just kidding - don’t do that.
Chapter 13 - How to explain that just because Jesus had long flowing hair in the pictures, that doesn’t mean he’s a girl.
Chapter 12 - How to talk to your son about the birds and the bees without scarring the kid for life. (Please reference chapter 11 - Where do babies come from Mommy?)
Chapter 4 - Your sweet boy is confused and mixed up. He wants to know where his daddy is. He wants to know why he isn’t here.
Read on for these key ways to explain to your four-year old’s mind and heart so they can understand and be at peace with the answers you can give him.
On a serious note - I’m doing my best but most of the time my best just isn’t adequate. My biggest prayer is that I’m enough for him. That in my troubles, he sees me look to God first for guidance. That when I don’t know what to say or do, the first thing I do is go straight to my sounding board and ask God to give me wisdom and walk with me on my path. That I’ll have enough grace & mercy to show my boy that same gift that was given to us.