Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An Open Letter to my Children

Dear kids,

I know that sometimes it drives you crazy when I tell you to do things like clean your room, or brush your hair, or go play outside for a while. I know you are convinced I am the meanest person in the world when I won’t let you spend the entire day parked in front of the PlayStation, or the Wii, or just the TV. I know it makes you angry when I insist that things like homework get done as soon as you get home from school.

Please know that I do these things because I love you.

I know you won’t really know that for a while, but one day you’ll know it, and that will have to be enough for me for now.

You see, God gave me a job to do when He gave me you. I am to raise responsible, well rounded, giving, loving people. Doing that – raising those people? It can be hard. For as much as I might drive you crazy, I promise there are days that you are also driving me crazy. That’s part of life. It won’t be perfect.

There will be days where we will fight (and as we approach the teen years, those will only get worse!) but I believe we can heal and grow from each dispute.

There will be days when we will feel overwhelmed, and maybe even a little smothered. Where we need to just walk away for a minute. Please know that you will always be able to walk back, and I will be waiting.

There will be times that I will help you accomplish something, and you’ll know I am helping. There will also be times when I will make you do it all on your own, and while it may not feel like it in that moment, I am still helping you. I am helping you to become independent, and showing you that you CAN do it.

Because you can.

You can do anything you truly put your heart in to.

It’s my job to make sure that we’ve put your heart in to the right place.

I love you.



  1. Awwww...that is SO SWEET! Now...if you can keep this and give it to them when THEY are parents... ;)