It starts with the Face Off.
Me vs Day.
Me vs Kids.
Me vs ?
The truth is that this Face Off determines my day.
But sometimes it is my children.
They can tune it out, but I know it damages their spirits.
Who wants to be yelled at by the person they love the most?
In a blessing I received a while back I was counseled to make sure my children knew they were loved on a daily basis.
I love them on a daily basis. It's the showing and making them feel safe that I battle with.
They are really good children. A bit headstrong, but who am I kidding? Look at their parents. Mr. Finn and I can certainly hold our own.
I need to find a balance of showing love and being a strong parent.
I just have to practice patience and strength together.
I always feel so relieved when they do as they are asked. Like a big wave of relief.
I shouldn't feel that way. I am just grateful that they have not put me through the ringer.
I have so much work to do as a Mother. But, I want to be the kind of mother that is fair, kind and immensely loving.
I truly believe a child cannot be spoiled by too much love.
That begins with me.
(photos from annual New Years Eve Hockey Game)