When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold night air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer.
-Dona Maddux Cooper
Learning to be an effective parent means knowing when to do things for your children, knowing when to show them how to do things and knowing when to watch them do things and pray everything works out
My oldest child, Amanda, is 24 years old. From the moment she was born, it seemed as though she had a gentle strength and was a caring and nurturing soul; as if she was drawn to her purpose early in life. My middle child, Sarah, is 20 years old. From the moment she was born, it seemed as though she had a beautiful, radiant light beaming from her bringing joy and laughter wherever she went. My youngest child, Steven, is 17 years old. From the moment he was born, it seemed as though he brought warrior-like safety and security, humor and downright sweetness to the world.
It seems like yesterday when I held them in my arms, covering them with blankets and watching them grow up. Now, they are definitely grown up, and, although Sarah tries sometimes, I can’t hold them in my arms anymore. I love watching them become who they are. I love hearing about their dreams and goals. My heart sings when one of them puts their arms around me, hugs me, holds my hand, asks me to tuck them in or rub their head. In these moments, I catch a glimpse of that far too distant memory of holding them in my arms. In my arms, I could protect them and keep them safe.
As my children make decisions about their lives and dreams, I watch from the sidelines with a silent prayer knowing that, although they will make mistakes, they have the values, beliefs and tools to ignite their passion and realize their wildest dreams!
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