Last week, we talked about the importance of momma self-care in these challenging days of Covid. Between juggling work/school/family, it’s hard for mommas to remember to stop and rest.
My daughter and daughter-in-law each have their own life complications right now. One has children in virtual school, along with an active toddler, and is trying to hold a job, home, and family life together. The other has one in virtual school, another in high school, two in elementary, and two with special needs. Her family has unique challenges, plus her own health issues. For them both, it never slows down.
These are two strong women. I’m so proud of them both, and they refuse to be beaten by life. They both work hard to keep it all together, but sometimes they forget to take care of themselves. Does this sound familiar?
This is where we come in.
Unfortunately, I live several states away from my kids, but I’m determined to be supportive, nonetheless. I pounced on a cheap ticket and have a trip planned to spend a week with each family this fall to help with cooking, housekeeping, school, and whatever is needed. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep in close contact to offer encouragement, prayer support, etc.
Do you have grown kids/grandkids nearby? It’s time to up your game and be there for them.
Can you give a few hours a week to help with schoolwork? Take the toddler to lunch once a week? Mind the troops while their momma takes a shower? Fix a meal? Fold laundry? Help with a science experiment? Listen to them read? We all remember what it was like to raise kids, but here in 2020, things are so much more complicated. We were raised to be independent and when we left home, we were on our own to figure it out. I’m not suggesting we should jump in there and take over. But I’m wagering a little help and support would go a long way about now. I am not going to stand around watching my kids go under without throwing them a life line. I hope you won’t either.
Be a blessing to your children. Be there for them when times are tough. Demonstrate what family is and what family does for one another. Share the love of Jesus in a real way.
“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. — Proverbs 31:28-30 (NIV)