ROOTED IN LOVE ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
Sometimes I wonder if I’m not certifiably insane.
As a stay-at-home mom/homeschool teacher, I’m literally with my kids all the time, yet somehow, I always feel guilty for not spending enough quality time with them. Sometimes I feel like I don’t fully enjoy my children being little. Like I don’t cherish these days with them under my wing.
But in reality, I’m doing the best that I can. It’s not feasible for me to spend all day every day playing, as much as I would like to. There will always be dishes to wash, laundry to fold, and meals to cook. Being a mom means taking care of my family, not just entertaining them.
So why do I feel guilty for the time spent doing necessary tasks? Why do I feel like I don’t spend enough quality time with my kids? It’s nothing but an attack from the enemy to take away my joy. The devil wants to rob me of enjoying these precious days by making me feel bad, and it’s sad how often he succeeds.
If you’re in the same boat as me, let’s recognize this tactic and fight against it. We don’t have to feel guilty for managing our time. There’s nothing wrong with letting your kids play by themselves while you cook, clean, or do other vital tasks. You are not neglecting them. You are simply performing your various duties of motherhood.
Let’s not focus on the time we feel we should spend with our children. Let’s focus on the time we do spend with them. It’s not about quantity; it’s about quality. We don’t have to spend10 hours a day playing with our kids to show them how much we love them. We just have to take the precious moments we have together and truly make them count.
Your kids aren’t going to hold it against you if you don’t spend every waking moment playing or entertaining them. When they grow up and look back on these days, they’ll remember you being there, and that’s what really matters. There are a lot of things to be done, and there’s only one you to do them. But if you do all of them with love, then you’re going to be just fine.
“Do everything in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14