I wanted to share a few more thoughts about life when you have Little Ones in the home.
First, I'd like to encourage you that it is never too late to make changes in how you parent.
We are completely different parents to our younger children than we were to our older children. We've grown and learned some lessons the hard way. I continue to be grateful for the Lord's faithfulness in leading us as parents. Ask Him to show you exactly what your children need from you, He will guide you.
Second, don't worry that there is ONE right way. Each family and child is different, and may need something completely different from you than their siblings. Get to know your children. What speaks love to their hearts? Is it getting one on one time? Is it receiving a gift? Is is words of affirmation? FIND OUT and practice it with them!
Third, find some encouraging resources. I lived away from family and friends for years, and I found a lot of encouragement through books. Sally Clarkson's "Seasons of A Mother's Heart" was a good book, and so was her book "The Mission of Motherhood."
I found encouragement in Karen Andreola's writings on education. You can read her wonderful blog "Moments With Mother Culture." Take the time to visit Karen there.
Fourth, keep your relationship with your husband the top priority. When our children were young we couldn't always go out on a date, so we invented deck dates. At least one evening a week, after putting the kids to bed, we would get coffee and tea and sit on our deck in the dark and look at the night sky. We would talk and talk, and reconnect with each other. Keeping our hearts connected was so important to us. It let him know that I was not 'all about the kids' only and it let me know that he valued me as more than a mommy. We were in this season together, we were going to survive this crazy season with an intact marriage! And we have!
Tomorrow we'll talk about the season of teenagers in the home! Won't that be fun!