When I am out and about, I often see young families struggling
with their children.
They usually look tired, and distracted.
I want to reach out to them in some way, but I usually don't know
quite what to say.
So I will smile.
Or like I did with one frustrated Dad we saw at a restaurant
recently. It was obvious he was really trying but his 2 toddlers were
having none of it. I leaned over to him as we were walking out the
door and said, "You're a really good Dad."
But yesterday I learned of something I could have said that
sums it up better perhaps.
I got it from this article that was somehow sent to my in box
yesterday. Next time I will say: "It's worth it."
Or maybe I will even say, "It's all worth it."
Whenever I have my grandkids and their parents come for any
extended period of time I'm reminded how exhausting it is to be
parents of very young children.
There is nothing quite like that kind of tired.
And it's not like the parents can get a good night rest before going
through it all over again the next day.
They parent round the clock,
no matter how they slept,
no matter how they feel.
I also happened upon this yesterday by Jeffrey Holland. He was
talking specifically to parents: