Motherhood

If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy

I’ve been reading a book for some time now about parenting.  It’s entitled Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child by Dr. Tim Elmore.  This book is loaded with valuable information.  As I take it all in, I am becoming more and more excited about my role as a mother.  At the same time, I have a healthy respect for all that I am called to do in the lives of my sons. One of the things Dr. Elmore said in his book is: We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are. I know, right? If that statement doesn’t strike something in our hearts as parents then I would gather we aren’t really breathing. I won’t lie to you and act like I don’t care what people think about me.  I do care.  But, what is going on inside me is that I care more about what my son’s think of me.  Someone may think I’m a great person or writer or friend, but if these little men in my life don’t think I’m the real deal, a Christ following mom, then I have not succeeded. We reproduce what we are. I will follow Christ. My prayer is that seeing me do so will lead them to do so. What are your reproducing in your children?

8 thoughts on “If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy”

  1. I know there are times that I am not as polite and respectful to my child as I should be. Lord know I need some serious work in this area. I have a sweet little bou who is learning the ropes of this world and he is learning from me. Thanks for this post. Gives me a lot to think and pray about.

  2. We reproduce what we are.

    That is one of the more powerful sentences I’ve read this week. Reading it really made me think – who am I reproducing my daughter to be? I can’t control what she is being bombarded with at her daddy’s house, and his choices. BUT I can control what goes on when she’s with me. This sentence makes me sad but also makes me have another awareness of me as a mommy for her.

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