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Grateful for kids and all their trouble

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 1:25pm

So now it's November and I thought it would be good to start the month in the spirit of gratitude. More specifically, gratitude for my children. As a mom, in the daily grind of sibling rivalry, upholding the family rules, and making sure the chores get done, it can be tough sometimes to remember to be thankful.

Gratitude is a way of looking at life, an attitude of the heart. It's a more glass-half-full than glass-half-empty approach. Fortunately, it can be practiced and cultivated if we make a point to be mindful of it. Sometimes the best we can do is to change our mind about how we see things. Change our mind, change our reality.

We know kids can be exhausting and frustrating and crabby sometimes, but we also know they can be kind and helpful and amazing. They are not so different from grown-ups after all.

So when my precious children are antagonizing each other or getting into some other sort of mischief, I try to remember it's their job to test the limits on their road to adulthood. It's my job as their mom to maintain them. That's just normal for parenthood.

And I am breathtakingly grateful for this opportunity.

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