Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The days are long, the years are short...

We have a large family.  Five children is a lot.  One in college and four that are ten and under.  It seems like we are at (another) pivotal point in our lives.  Pretty soon we will have one entering middle school, another one entering elementary school, and our baby! going to pre-school.  Friendships and peer relationships are becoming very important in our household.  As my children get older and leave our nest for extended periods of time, I realize how strongly they are influenced by the outside world.


To conquer the anxieties I have as my children age, I try to make our home a safe and fun haven for them as much as possible.  I want them to WANT to be here.  I want them to WANT to invite their friends over.  I WANT our home to be the place they come home to when the world has thrown them for a loop.


I have a lot of concerns for my children.  Bullying, peer pressure, and inappropriate conversations are a reality in the schools.  Our television and commercials are trying to convince my kids that they need soda and junk food to be cool.  Social standards tell my daughter that it's okay to sexualize herself at a young age.  They tell my boys that the key to a successful life is fame and fortune.


My job right now is to do my best to convince my children that they are great just the way God made them.  We do strive for greatness in academics and extracurricular activities, but we also make time every day to just "play", or relax.  We want our children to be the best that they can be.  But what's really important to us is that they don't find themselves constantly  comparing themselves to the most popular kids in the class.  I want them to develop integrity, character, and a healthy approach to life.  My goal is not merely for them to "be happy".  I want them to have the tools to get through life when it doesn't always work out the way we hoped or planned.  I pray every day that they develop their own personal relationship with God.


I made these for my kids but have put prints in the shop.  The 8x10 boy print is available here, and the 8x10 girl print is available here.  If you are interested in a 4x6, 5x7, ot 11x14 send me an email.

Or make your own!  Write them a note from a sticky pad and put it in one of the books they are reading.  Put one on a mirror that they look at every day.  Hide one in their lunch box.  Let them know that you love them!  :)

Parenting is hard work...some days are better than others, but they always need to know that they are loved :)

xoxo,
Chrissie

10 comments:

faith from within said...

please add one of these to my list of purchases please!!! LOVE it!!
LOVE YOU!!!

Mandy said...

Chrissie,
hello, i found you through Meg:) AMEN to all you just said. there are days when the 'invisible' battle can be seen so clearly for the lives of our kids. your prints are just what God has been speaking into my spirit lately for my parenting. i'll be back often:)
blessings,
mandy

angela said...

Thank you for a fabulous post.

Createology said...

If only more families could have your sense of what is right. I love that you make your children feel wanted and important and your home a haven. Blessings...

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

Oh Chrissie,
We feel that the "I am a Child of God" reminder is so important. If we could all remember and focus on who we are, the world would be a more peaceful place. At least we can create our own havens where peace abides :) (for most moments at least ;)) Thanks for your words!

april@gingerbread girl said...

wow these are great....love it!!! We all need reminders right?

Tanya said...

Love, love, love this!

Erin Butson said...

Hi Chrissy, I love to hear your heart behind your art. These are precious, what every child should know and read every day. love them!

danielle @ take heart said...

i love these!!

Emily said...

Your kids are so blessed to have you as a mom. These are wonderful goals for kids! Thanks for sharing.