Do you have one of those kids who is more challenging than the rest? The one that seems to know where all the adults’ frustration buttons are and pushes them just for a reaction. Oh, that kid? Yep. She’s mine.
She makes me crazy. Not because we don’t get along. In fact, we have a great relationship. She makes me crazy because she has amazing strengths that I want the world to appreciate, but she still trips over those strengths a lot of the time.
It’s lonely waiting for the world to see our tough kids shine.
It’s true that our strengths are our greatest weaknesses until we learn to use them wisely. This may be one of the most frustrating parts of motherhood. And the most important part of our job. We know our kids. We know their unique shine and we pray for them to find their passion and calling in this world.
This parenting gig ain’t for wimps. It’s tiring. It doesn’t always feel like we’re making progress. I think of it as rehearsal after rehearsal – getting ready for the day we will release our little star for the world to enjoy.
Mamas, we’re preparing for the day when the curtains will be drawn, the audience will watch expectantly, and our child will do their thing.
So many times we’ve expected a flawless performance and pushed for an early Opening Night. It wasn’t time. The audience wasn’t there. Or worse, we’ve had audiences show up and judge us while we were still rehearsing!
Someday our tough kid will stand up on that stage where we have rehearsed life over and over and she’ll look out at a packed house. For a moment stage fright might threaten the show. Our baby’s knees will shake. Her chin may quiver. She may want to run off the stage and back into our arms.
With fear and excitement she’ll glance off stage at us. We’ll smile and give a reassuring nod, silently saying, “You’ve got this, Baby. Show them what you’re made of!”
A deep breath will restore her confidence as she turns back to her audience. With that mischievous smile we’ve known all her life and the spark we kept safe for so long, she gives the world what they came for.
She is amazing. Our baby, finally changing the world with her all her might!
Watch out world! Lord willing, my greatest challenge will be my greatest gift to you.
I wonder how many moms have raised this child? And how many are still in the rehearsal phase like me? I welcome your humor, tears, and encouragement.