How will I guide my children in the way they should go,
when I am still myself figuring all this out?
How will I teach them to value & respect their bodies,
while avoiding the obsessive modesty standards that seems to say, "I am what I wear."?
How will I teach them that certain behaviors are unacceptable,
while encouraging kind & nonjudgmental hearts towards those who make different choices?
How can I justify primping in the mirror every morning,
while insisting that character trumps outward appearance?
How will I protect them from the dangers "out there" in the world,
while allowing them to hurt as God hurts when He sees suffering & injustice?
How will I teach them HOW to think,
without attempting to teach them WHAT to think?
How will I teach them the importance of being grounded & stable,
while encouraging them to live the questions, be inquisitive, always ready to learn something new?
How will I tell them that I am their support & advocate, that I'll always have their back,
when I know that I will fail them?
How will I teach them what I believe & pour my heart into forming them into adults,
yet gracefully accept when they come to believe differently than Mommy believes?
How will I give them roots