I tend to rehearse the negative in my mind. It's what comes naturally to me because I'm a sinner.
- He never remembers to brush his teeth. We do it twice a day every single day. Why can't he remember that?
- She's complaining again! She is always complaining about something!
- Why does she always get so emotional when she does math? Good grief, it's just math!
- When is she going to remember the vowel sounds correctly? Why is reading so hard with her?
Here's what I could be thinking on instead:
- That boy is so precious to me. He's so affectionate and loving!
- She is so encouraging! It just comes so naturally to her! She's going to be a great mommy one day!
- I love her sensitive spirit. She's always the first to notice when someone's feeling left out.
- That girl's tenacity really impresses me. It must be so hard for her, but she just keeps working at it!
As moms, we have a choice: We can focus on the things our kids don't do well and thus think the exact same way as the world: Kids are burdens.
We can focus on the traits God is developing in our kids and thus think the same way the Lord thinks: Children are a blessing, a gift, a reward.
We destroy arguments and every opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ2 Corinthians 10:5