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Monday, February 25, 2019
Music Mantra Monday - Helping Our Kids Find Their Wings
Welcome to our Monday segment.
As I do every week, I scoured the Internet trying to find a song that sings to me. Usually, I go with something that shares what's in my heart when I got up in the morning. All I can say is that if you're trying to find a song that talks about parents letting their kids go have a ginormous box of Kleenex nearby because there are some awesome ones out there.
I am not usually drawn to country music, even though it often says a lot of what I feel. The song I was going to choose had me a sobbing mess in the first 10 seconds and there wasn't even any singing! It was simply a piece of music in the background with a letter from Mom and Dad to their child. I won't go into that one any further or I won't make it through this post.
I chose this song for a few reasons. First, there are many pictures of dads with children. Moms are always the ones associated with parenting because we are often the ones who spend the most time with them. We were there all day every day with them even before they were born. But good daddies are very important too and just as important to a child's life. I also chose this song because it gives the message that I wanted to give for today and that's no matter where you are or go, I'll be right there.
We've had some pretty serious bumps around here the last several months. Bumps that grew so huge at some points, it seemed impossible to see what was on the other side. We all know that we can't control every aspect of what goes on with our children once they walk out that door every day. We can't control bullies, we can't control who they'll choose to hang out with or even date and we can't control each and every decision they make. We can help to create environments that allow them to thrive to the best of their abilities and we can do all that's in our power to instill good values, ethics and morals. Once they go out that door, though, all we can do is hope they take what we teach them to guide them in making the best choices in whatever situation they may face.
That's one thing that has been very tough for me lately. I have four children - 16, 14, 12 and 10. They aren't babies anymore who I can football hold and carry away when things get rough. I can't shield and protect them from every tiny thing anymore. All I can do is let them go and experience the world no matter how heartbreaking it may be to watch when they fall or turn down a darker path or make a decision that has undesirable results. They have to learn in order to grow in every way. Of course, if things get too much, or they come to me, I'll step in. That will never change.
That's what this song is all about. Allow your child to find his or her wings knowing that you'll always be there with arms open wide. I love being a mom. I am so blessed to have had these precious lives put in my hands to nurture and care for.
And even when we have those bumps, no matter high they may swell up, there will always be room in my heart for each one of my kids.
Let them find their wings!