You are Irreplaceable

You’ve probably heard it before. I know I’m not the originator of the idea. And though we’ve both already heard it, we both need to hear it again. I know I do.

You are irreplaceable. I am irreplaceable.

In the lives of our children.

Someone else can cook. Someone else can clean. Someone else can even take them to Disneyland.

But there are some things that cannot be delegated. And the Mother-Child relationship is one of them.

  • Reading stories are different with Mom.
  • Bedtimes are different with Mom.
  • Laughing at knock-knock jokes are different with Mom.
  • Life is different with Mom.

I don’t wanna miss it. And I bet you don’t either. And too many cares in this world tear our focus from loving our kids and just hanging out with them.

Delegate what can be delegated — or even let it slide entirely. Do what no one else in the world can do.

Love your kids and just BE with them.

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  1. I agree! This year my “theme” is to simplify our lives so that we can all spend time together as a family.

    I am going through our house and getting rid of anything and everything that we don’t need. Less stuff means less time cleaning/putting away/dealing with the stuff.

    I am also getting better at clearing our schedule and saying “no” to other people/things. We still need to have a servants heart, but it needs to start at home and home/family needs to be the priority.

    Our children are only small for so long. Before we know it they will be grown and gone. I want to spend as much time with them now as possible.

    Hschooling has also brought our family so much closer! I love being our children’s teacher and spending my days with them. I am so grateful for this blessing!

  2. Danielle says:

    I needed to hear this. Thank you for posting it. I feel as if I’m running in different directions and before I know it, the day is over and I missed out on the important things (holding the kids, reading to them, talking to them, finding out what they are really liking, backyard family (minus mom) baseball/kickball.) I hope I can do better at tackling my “chores” so I don’t miss out on what’s really important.

  3. thank you for posting this! i needed to hear this. it seems life is passing me by. im a first time mom to a now 13 month old.. and i just feel like sometime im missing out on him. my work schedule is hard on me, physically and mentally.. and im considering being a stay-at-home mom because it crushes me knowing how much of his sweet little life im missing out on because of work exhaustion.
    guess im having a talk with the hubby tonight on a change.
    thanks again!

    • @kendra, I was in your same boat when my little guy was around the same age. I decided to stay home when I realized how much it made me miserable not too. For me, it was just too hard to be a good teacher, wife and mom so I dropped the teacher part. We miss the money, but wouldn’t trade my time home for anything in the world. Hoping that you and your husband can find a way for you to be home if that is what you want.

      • Heather says:

        Kendra,
        We did same thing when our first was born. We knew if I continued teaching my family would suffer. I’ve never regretting chosing to stay at home and raise my children(going on 5 years now, and and a third baby due in July). Yes, we have no money but bills get paid and life is good!

  4. Definatly needed this reminder! Thanks.

  5. You are such a great encouragement to me.Thank you for this wonderfull blog.

  6. thank you.

  7. Kathy in Illinois says:

    My kids are 32 and 30 and they still need their mom!
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

  8. Great reminder! I am frequently overwhelmed with the special needs my kids have. On top of household, wifely and work duties I juggle doctors, therapists, IEP’s, medicines and supplements.

    I am on a mission to encourage moms that only THEY know best how to discipline, educate and medicate their children.

    Thanks for encouraging Mom’s to be Mom’s!

    :)
    Warrior MAMA LIsa

  9. I completely agree. I do most of my work when my kids/husband are at school/work so I can enjoy them when they get home.

  10. this made me cry…thanks! :)

  11. Great reminder!! It is so hard when the “to-do” list does not get done, but I have to remember the things that are truly important!

  12. Thanks for the reminder. I also have been having a severe “Get yourself healthy” talk with myself.. and this reiterated that to me. I want to be around for a long time… long enough to see my daughter have her own kids…and want to be healthy enough to enjoy them too!

  13. Denise C. says:

    Well said. :)

  14. Thank you for reminding me to not be irritated when my 4 year old asks me to play with him even though I’m busy doing something else.

  15. Thanks! This was such a sweet, simple post. :-) I love my kids! Great reminder.

  16. This is a lovely post. Thanks!

  17. The most meaningful relationships in life are definitely between mother and child. It brings tears to my eyes to really think about how special and precious it truly is. I feel terrible for those women out there that want yet can’t experience it.

  18. So true!!

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