Do you ever think maybe you are just nuts? They used this cartoon at Weight Watchers the other night and it just really tickles me. I keep reading it. I figure it is because so many days I wonder if maybe I've eaten too many nuts so I'm becoming one!
Here are a few things that sometimes make me nutty!
The way our kids behave doesn't make sense if I let myself forget what I've learned about it. If I take a moment to stop and look under the behavior I "remember".
People come up and say "Bear was so helpful. He is so kind. What a great kid." As we get in the car he says "You are such a jerk" to me because I asked him stop a behavior. I feel resentful that people don't understand. Then I think "How can they?" and I remember that what they saw is how I want him to act all the time...so....good. I'm glad they saw that in him. Was it manipulative? Probably not, he just didn't feel threatened by them because they are not trying to love him. So it is great he is sometimes successful.
I wake up to a list of complaints about what we are having for breakfast, how he feels, what Taz is doing and what he is wearing. I think "How am I going to get through this next hour in a way that is loving and kind?" and I often fail.
I try to have a conversation with Bear about the simplest thing and it is twisted and turned until he is angry and I am baffled about what just happened and how on earth we just got to that point.
My daughter was talking about a small problem last night and I told her that women often don't stop to take time for themselves. Men generally don't have this problem. Why is that? I have no idea. I don't think God expects this of us. Yes, we are to live lives of love and service, but even the donkey gets a nap, a bail of hay and a nice pat on the head now and then.
So NOOOOOO. We are not nuts. We are taking care of children with special needs. They are children with wounded hearts living the only way they know how.
Take care of your spiritual, physical, and emotional needs so you can take care of others. You are what you eat ~ spiritually, physically and emotionally!! Take care of the mama!