What if every time my children misbehaved, or pitched a fit, or bit me on the face (oh yes, Grayson did this just today), I didn't think...what would so and so do? How did that article say I should handle this? What did that book say?!!!! What if I just took a deep breath, said a prayer, and handled it how I knew in my heart was right? And of course,
What would that look like? How would my parenting differ from what it is now? I have been challenging myself to try to parent this way, but I tell you, it's hard. It's hard to let go of all the influence and the pressure. It's hard to make decisions based solely on how I feel my children should be parented, and not on everything I have read and heard and seen. But I'm trying, and I will keep trying. For their sake, and for mine.
*While this post was still sitting in drafts, I came across this post by Sarah Markley that asked similar questions, only on a broader scale. Please take a minute to read it. I love her writing. *