Sons and Sanity
My boys are tracked out for the next three weeks. Not everyone understands this lingo, so let me explain. My kids attend year-round school, nine weeks at school and then three week breaks between quarters. It’s fun and exhausting all in the same breath. We go to the park, the museum, and the bouncy house place, and then we come home, and I tidy up, throw in a load of laundry before we move onto our next adventure. Boys are constantly on the move, and this is one of the ways we all stay sane. Until I found the book, The Savvy Mom’s Guide to Sons. It was hiding under a stack of books on my nightstand, and I remembered that Family Christian sent it to me to review. I continued reading the cover, 101 Real World Tips to Improve your Relationship- and Save Your Sanity. I needed this book more than ever as I sat down on the side of my bed and begin reading through the tips listed in the contents.
The tips start from birth and touch on points from toddlerhood to puberty and then end at manhood. The author, Tina Krause writes from experience having raised 2 sons and now enjoys 5 grandchildren. Tip #10 grabbed my attention with the heading Remember; it may feel like a job, but motherhood is a ministry. She continues the dialogue with the quote- If motherhood was meant to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor. Each tip is followed by a relateable antidote then a Word from the Word (a Bible verse), a Think About It section and then Final Thoughts. By the time I got to the Final Thoughts, I was feeling calm and serene again and ready for our next adventure.
Some other favorite tips included:
Tip #12, Church Begins at Home; Talk to Your Son about Jesus.
Tip #14, Enjoy Them When They Are Young, even though you’re unsure of what that means. (I’m constantly telling myself this).
Tip #39, Don’t Underestimate your Role. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. -William Wallace.
The book offers 101 Sanity Saving Tips, too many to list here, but perfect to read a few a day when the kids are out of school or when you just need some perspective or a pat-on-the-back. We don’t always hear, You’re doing a great job, Mom. So, it’s nice to get the encouragement whether it’s from a book or a friend.