|another favorite family picture by Melissa|
There are times when I feel like everything I have is given to my family. Time, talents, patience, resources are all easily depleted at the end of a day of mothering. This is not a complaint, but more of an observation. Honestly, it's probably not even the truth, but it is easy to feel completely spent.
There are also times when I realize how much I haven't given my family, especially my children. I try to be purposeful in teaching them. There are many values that I've worked to instill, lessons I've tried to pass on, and testimonies I've shared on topics ranging from the gospel of Jesus Christ to the satisfaction of hard work to the health benefits of smoothies. Sometimes as I sit and think about all that I hope they learn from me, I realize things I've forgotten to teach them.
While I was in college, I took a class that was based completely on The Proclamation on the Family. I studied it intensely and had a whole semester to allow those principles to sink into my heart and to shape my ideas for my future family. I spent time reflecting on the family I came from and made parallels to The Proclamation, discovering traditions I wanted to continue and other patterns I hoped to change. Because I spent an entire class studying this text, it is one I've become very familiar with. I often find phrases from The Proclamation coming to mind at just the right time. As I watch my kids play and see princesses playing side by side with firemen, I can't help but think "gender is an essential characteristic." When I take time to assess my parenting I remember that I will be "accountable for...the obligations," to raise my children. During the time my dad lived with us, the phrase on constant repeat was, "Extended families should lend support when needed."
As I've thought about how I've taught my children The Proclamation, it's been a "trickle down". It's a resource that I have drawn from, and hopefully the things I've learned have trickled down to my kids. There are many things that are adequately learned through the trickle down, but I've realized that The Proclamation is so important to me it deserves much more than casual teaching. I hope I can improve my efforts to allow them to really drink in the principles contained in The Proclamation. It's brought great peace and direction to my life, and I know it can do the same thing for them.
I'm linking up today with The Proclamation Celebration blog hop.