But if I parent in the manner of the first two servants, how different motherhood looks. Then, I realize it is my job to invest in my children, to cultivate them, to raise them in a way that reflects the goodness and abundance of the One who gave them to me, rather than reflecting my fear of failure. Of course, children being human beings with that pesky free will, and not coins subject to predictable patterns of economics, final products may vary, but this is still the way of motherhood that results in God calling me His good and faithful servant. A way of motherhood that responds to things out of love, and not fear.
A way of motherhood that relies less on my arrogance, and more on God’s goodness, which is a big relief, I suspect, to anyone who had to deal with first time parent Cari.
Cari Donaldsonis the author of “Pope Awesome and Other Stories: How I Found God, Had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale.”She married her high school sweetheart, had six children with him, and now spends her days homeschooling, writing, and figuring out how to stay one step ahead of her child army. She blogs about faith and family life at clan-donaldson.com.