We had our first big snowfall here in NE Ohio today. We also had 2 extra kids in our group. I knew I needed a way for 4 kids under 5 to get some energy out, so we decided to play in the snow (we left Iris inside napping 😉).
Holy cow have you ever tried getting 4 kids plus yourself ready to play in the snow? I think we spent more time getting everyone ready than we actually spent outdoors! I am a “enjoy nature from the couch” kind of gal, and just kept thinking: “These kids better really enjoy this!”
Thankfully, they did. Snowball fights, making snow angels, and shoveling the drive kept them happy and entertained for almost 45 minutes. When they started complaining of the cold I knew it was time to go in.
Once inside, we made snow ice cream and hot cocoa for a snack. The kids got a big kick out of making sno-cones from real snow!
Now, you may be thinking we had an idyllic perfect winter day. And overall it was really good. But nothing shows your lack of patience like 5 kids running through the house. I really try not to yell or get stressed. I wake up everyday and tell myself I’m going to stay calm and in control. And then the kids wake up and that dream is ruined. How do you find the balance between being stern and yelling? And what if you have very strong-willed children like mine (I’m looking at you Jana) who don’t seem to even hear you until you’re voice-and blood pressure-is elevated?
I need to pray more about it. And if you think of it, please pray with me. It really is my desire to parent without yelling. It’s probably the main area where I feel like a failure as a mother. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I pray I can learn to control my attitude and parent the way God wants me to.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to make more coffee.