1) As a kid, I remember two people influencing heavily my perception of motherhood: my mom and my Aunt Rhonda. They really listened to me and made me feel important, even as a kid. Both of these women were frequently patient with me when I was misbehaving. Every once in a while I remember each of them losing their temper, but that was the exception, not the rule. I want to be like them with my own kids. And yet, I'm sitting down to type this up after just putting my kids to bed and being supremely frustrated with James and Reese. I let my frustration be known to them in no uncertain terms. <sigh> I have much to learn...
|Me and my Ma|
Photo credit: Diane Lewis
|Uncle Phil and Aunt Rhonda, Photo by Diane Lewis|
2) I remember feeling stressed about finances as a kid. We were a family of six living on my dad's Air Force income. We didn't lack for anything important, but I do remember observing the financial strain on my mom and dad. This memory etched into my brain influences how I want things to be with my own kids.
3) Our family's faith was a crucial part of my upbringing. I want to duplicate that for my kids. I want them to be grounded in their beliefs. I want them to see Scott and I living and walking out our faith, not just telling them about it.
I would really, really love to hear some other thoughts on this topic. How would you answer this question?