I see so many mothers striving to set the tone for their families; mothers who are really working to create a family life that will nurture their children even if it means hard work and facing emotional growth on their part. It is heart-warming and exciting to see mothers who are doing that!
I also see so many mothers who want to strive but don’t seem to have any idea how to take the bull by the horns and be the authority for their family. For whatever reason, the idea of being the person who sets the tone in their home for their family is scary, or met with fear instead of joy.
I think the root of this may lie in that these mothers do not think they are worthy of being an Authentic Leader in their home. I have a few words for you today, just for you.
To My Precious Striving Friend,
You know, you are worthy of setting the tone for your spouse/partner and your children. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t have the best childhood, and have no memories of home-cooked meals or nightly routines and rhythms. It doesn’t matter at all if you can find the will within yourself to rise up and to want to learn how to create a nurturing home life for your family.
The truth is, this process will nurture you. It will nurture your family, and it will nurture the children in the neighborhood who come over to play with your children, it will nurture all those who come into your house. Your house is more than a physical space, but it has an ambience, a feeling, and a tone to it that you set and nurture every day by having a vision and what you do to feed the beauty, truth and goodness that lives in your home.
You are worthy of having this. You love your family, and you are being drawn to this idea of being an Authentic Leader in your home for a purpose and a reason. You, this very day, are helping to raise your grandchildren by the way you love and treat your children. You are extending your values and beliefs through the generations to come.
You feel confused as to how to take on this role? Don’t be afraid. Authority is not a bad thing; only misuse and abuse of power is…Authority is about making the right decisions at the right time for the children in the family who are not yet ready to do it for themselves. They need all the lessons you have learn; you have experience in love and warmth to share. No one will ever love your children more than you!
You don’t know where to start in practical terms? Start with yourself. Parents and homeschooling parents are not more patient or better than anyone else, but we have to be more persistent in working on our own areas of challenge. Work on your courage, your patience, your warmth…pick one area and make a plan! Read sacred texts, find inspiring verses to keep you on track, study, meditate, pray.
Create warmth through the beauty in your home, through the truth and goodness you show your children, your partner, yourself! Ask yourself, is this good, is this true, is this worthy, is this pure? If it is not, what are you doing? You deserve to be surrounded by these things. Rise up and claim it!
To My Precious Striving Friend, you can do this! Be an Authentic Leader in your home, do what is right! It is not about perfection but the process of striving. Overcome your own inertia, your own doubts, your own fears and make a plan to start somewhere. The journey begins with the one step, and if you stumble, get back up and keep going. Your family is counting on you.