Checking in With the Sisters – Do Over

by Lolli

I love being a mom, but I don’t always love the mom that I am. While I was checking in with our sister sites this week, I found a post by Laura Rath on 5 Minutes for Faith that totally resonated with me. How often have you wished for a parenting do-over?

The Do-Over

do overI blew it as a mom on Thanksgiving morning. All my daughter wanted was for me to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade with her. But I had other things to get done, and the parade was not on my agenda. With a huffy and unpleasant attitude, I joined her in front of the TV. Her bouncy excitement immediately turned to silence while she sat by herself on the couch. I realized how I had squashed her enthusiasm, and all I wanted to do was shout “Do over!”

Remember do overs? As a kid, my friends and I would yell “do over!” anytime we wanted to start a game over or redo our turn. Anyone could shout “do over!” and get a new beginning.

That’s what I wanted—a do over.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get do overs in life?

Finish reading this story…

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Jennie W December 4, 2011 at 9:01 am

oh my goodness – I have often prayed for do-overs! All I could do was apologize for being so insensitive, out of control, ridiculously wrong , or whatever that particular occasion called for at the time. As my daughter has grown older – she is almost 20 now – I remember these times more often – and I think I have finally learned to take a deep breath, think before I speak, and try to offer the best guidance and advice that I can muster – always allowing for her to make her own choice and me accepting that choice – she has to start doing that now – being a young adult.


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