Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Super Parents are Just Ordinary People Doing Ordinary Things Consistently Pt. 2

Part Two: Be Who You Are

Hearing about what other moms do in their homes all day can be both inspiring and depressing. Inspiring because it can give us new ideas to try; depressing because it can make us feel so downright ordinary. “Look at that mom. She reads stories to her kids at 10, bakes bread at 11, does a craft at 1, has a spotless house by 3, and then makes a gourmet dinner—ready at 6. Meanwhile, I’m struggling just to get the laundry in the washer by 5. What is wrong with me?” Wrong mindset.

As the title of this series suggests, super moms are just ordinary people doing very ordinary things day in, day out. Because it feels so “daily,” it is easy to imagine that we are the only ones feeling this way—that surely everyone else’s experience in their homes is whimsical, while only ours feels dull. It is easy to lose sight of the magic that happens right under our own roof every single day. It is happening. We just have to shift our perspectives to observe it.

Strive to simply be who you are. God created each of us with unique talents. Faithfully using these strengths will make a super impact on your children, as well as anyone else around you. Plus, God gave your children to you for a purpose. He knew you had what it’d take to shape them into the people He plans them to be.

So ask yourself what it is that you do well. Be intentional about doing your “one thing,” as Dr. Randy Carlson says. For example, I’m not crafty, but I love to bake. Our memories involve the kitchen, not the craft room. I could feel badly about what I don’t do, or I could celebrate what I do well. We also love to read books together and spend time outdoors--taking walks, riding bikes, gardening and camping in the summer. These are the ingredients in the tapestry of our family legacy.

Be who you are. Be confident about who you are. Be faithful to do the unique things for which God has equipped you. They feel very ordinary, but they make a super impact.

Part 1--Teach them about Jesus and the Word
Part 3--Teach Children to Work
Linked to Works for Me Wednesday


  1. Very true! My friends and I were just talking about how to do our daily things diligently!!!

    I would love if you would link this to my Tuesday's Tips at http://couponomicstimuluspackage.blogspot.com/2010/03/routines-help-organization.html

  2. What a great message! I wish more moms would know this. :)

  3. It is obviously the hand of God that brought me to your blog today. I had never read it before and this was the first article I read. This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today - my husband and I were talking about this after he got home from work and he said pretty much the same thing.

    I'm excited to read more!

  4. Thanks guys! Happy to encourage you :) It is true, I think, that with the passing of time, we become more comfortable in our own skin. Getting there takes time, usually wrought with lots of questions and self-analyzing (at least for me!). I am so thankful that God's grace leads us on!
    Have a great day!

  5. Whenever my youngest and I play super-hero I always have love power - it is the strongest of all super powers and nothing can stop it!!
    Great post, wonderful reminders.

  6. thank you for sharing such a wonderful truth ...

  7. Just 'found' your blog! Great post! Soooo true!

  8. Great post! I agree that we don't have to be like every other mom. If we give our kids the best WE have to offer than that is how we are "super" moms!

  9. Thanks - I needed this today :)

  10. I love this - so encouraging for Mums everywhere!

    Hi from N Ireland :)

  11. Very nice post! I often fall into the trap of thinking I am not good at being a Mom (believing Satan's lies!), but then out of the blue some other Mom will tell me how they look at all that I do with my boys and they feel like they don't do enough! It's a lovely reminder that I'm super by doing ordinary things, and perhaps those Moms needs to read this post too!

  12. Christy--good idea about the love power! How cute (and true) :)
    Welcome, JanMary! How neat to see how the Internet connects us despite our geographical locations!
    mamatotwoboys--yes, I think that's the key: you are super to your own kids when you do what you're made to do! I hope that encourages and empowers you :)