Friday, May 11, 2012

What Does Respect Look Like In Your Family?

One of the joys of being a mom to all boys is that I feel loved and needed all of the time. 
If you would have told me that I would be a mom to only boys I would have laughed in your face. I thought for sure I would be the one with a bunch of little ladies with painted nails and tutus running around our castle. Instead I have capes, crowns and swords and you know what? I couldn't imagine my life any other way. C'mon look at these boys. How can you not just want to eat them up?

My boys bring me joy far beyond anything I could ever have imagined. With that joy comes the pressure of knowing that as their momma I only have a brief time with them. When they leave our little castle I want them to be ready to take on the world, fully prepared and equipped with everything they need to be godly men, husbands and fathers.  I read one of the best posts ever - 10 Ways for Moms to Respect Their Sons. Jen says, "If I want them to look for a wife who respects them one day, I better demonstrate what that looks like now." Is that not so true? I see myself so focused on making sure my boys behave and do the right thing that I often don't step back to make sure I am respecting them. This was a great wake up call for me and such an encouragement. If you little men in your families I challenge you to read it. What does Respect look like in your family?


  1. Great article, Maria. Thank you for sharing it! I especially liked #7... we really try and cultivate that in our home.

    We are currently doing a "man year" for my oldest son. It's neat to see him grow as we respect him and give him more responsibility.

  2. Ooo, what a great reminder that I am not just raising boys, we are raising men! Thank you!


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