~ Marjorie Pay Hinckley
I'm not a perfect parent that's for sure (is there such a thing?) But one thing I have tried to do in my parenting is to choose my battles. My children know that I do not bend when it comes to obeying the commandments of God. They know of my conviction to be a moral, kind, honest person and that personal integrity is very important to me. They know that I'm using my time on this earth to try to become the best me possible and I have testified to them that it is through the Lord Jesus Christ that I will be able to accomplish this. They know these truths and to my delight as their mother, they are trying to live this way too.
My children have powerful testimonies of God and the Savior and they are good, kind-hearted, selfless people that make me proud everyday. I feel so blessed and privileged to get to share my life with them.
So on occasion when they decide that they want to look like this...
An asymmetrical "Cyndi Lauper" do or purple and platinum style can be fun too. Why not I say, why not?
I try to say "yes" so that my "no's" will mean something. I try to teach and testify whenever I can and I try to let my kids know that I am a safe place to come when they need to talk. If they say, "Man, I really wish I could get a tattoo." I don't freak out or lecture, I say, "Of course you do. Why wouldn't you. Everyone else has one and some of them look really cool." But I remind them that our bodies are sacred and that we have been counseled to treat them as such. "Besides, do you really want to be permanently stuck with a fad of your youth?" I ask. I shudder to think of being stuck with my ginormous eighties bangs. Can you imagine. Yikes.
Communication is key. I want my kids to know that it is "normal" to have worldly thoughts and desires, that there is no sin in temptation. It is what we do with our temptations that determine the type of person we will become. And if they are able to resist and overcome, Oh the joy that awaits us!
Like I said before, I'm not a perfect parent and I know that despite my best efforts I just might have a child who decides to get a tattoo (or whatever the case may be) anyway because ultimately this is their journey to figure out, but I sure am enjoying our time together and I will never stop teaching, loving and encouraging them because they're so worth it.
I love being a mom, I love my kids, and I LOVE...
THIS BIRTHDAY GIRL!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARLEE!
How did that happen?