"I might not have responded like I know I should have." That's what my 14-year-old son said when he called me to tell me he and his sister were fighting. He had the self-realization to know he was angry and that even though his sister was pushing his buttons, he knew he needed to not lose his cool completely.
It was one of those rare moments when I wanted to congratulate myself for being a great mom...then I realized it was more a reflection of the amazing man he is becoming despite my best efforts. I have great kids. They aren't perfect, but they are terrific. It's easy to get down on yourself when one of your offspring makes a choice contrary to what you believe you taught them.
I often try to remember that I didn't birth little robots. They have ideas and dispositions that are all their own. I'm comforted by the thought that God gave Adam and Eve a perfect world, environment, and an actual perfect parent--and they still screwed it up. I'm not throwing in the towel, and, just like my Heavenly Father, I will always love my stubborn, feisty, smart-alecky, silly kids.
Make it a beautiful day, friends.
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