If you can be joyful, you can be a fearless parent. Instead of thinking in your head, “We did this right and we didn’t do that right and we probably messed our child up forever” you will think, “My child will be okay no matter what because I am doing the best I can do, I made the best decisions I could make at the time with the information I had, and ultimately my child is my responsibility, but also my child doesn’t belong to me but to God. And God has a plan, and it will be good!”
If you can be joyful, you can enjoy the more challenging developmental phases of childhood instead of wishing, hoping, praying, that they were over and done. Joy meets life fully in the present.
If you can be joyful, you can give your child the very two essential components for growth that a child needs: time and space. You can step back, and not have to be there to navigate every single thing for your child, you can be more comfortable with child-inclusive but not child-led, you can be more comfortable with benign neglect.
If you can be joyful, you can stop complaining now. Children are a joy and privilege and so is marriage.
If you can be joyful, you can live here in the now and like it.
If you can be joyful, you can see homemaking and housekeeping not as drudgery, but as the warm nurturing love you have for your family expressed.
If you can be joyful, you can see the light of Christ in all of humanity and in the cosmic nature. Look around you and be awed!
Change your thoughts, change your life. You can start today.