Here's a Friday First for me, a video! Let me know what you think about it and if you'd like to see more. Also, share what your plans are for the weekend to help others figure out what they're going to do.
In business, leaders often analyze our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats through a SWOT analysis. So, if we are going to look at our role as moms as being the greatest leadership opportunity to us, let's start with analyzing ourselves and our kids. Here's the SWOT I developed for my family:
As a doting mother, there are hundreds of strengths that I could put up here for my kids. Their hugs, kisses, bedtime stories and prayers, the fact that they come to me when they're seeking healing from an injury (physical or emotional), the notes and drawings they make for me, their precious hearts when they try to help me or that they've learned how to use the Keurig to bring me coffee in the morning...I could go on and on.
Now, here's the part where we get honest with ourselves. Yes, we love our kids and we love our family (or, hopefully, most of the time), but we are not perfect. Nor should we be perfect. As we analyze ourselves and our families, we hav…
Why can't my kids just be friends? I must ask myself this question hundreds of times during the week.
I thought that having kids relatively close together was going to be great. They'd have a playmate and an automatic friend. However, the truth is that - most of the time - they don't get along. It's not that they're enemies...it's that they drive each other crazy.
They each want the other one to do what they want to do. Then, when the other one does what they want, they get mad at them because they wanted to do it themselves.
They don't want to share their toys. Then, they play together only to then get mad and purposefully break the other sibling's toys.
They want to get the other one in trouble so that they look like the "good" child and get more rewards. Then they get upset that the other sibling got them in trouble when they *tattled* on them.
At mealtimes, they want to sit where the other one is sitting. They want the cup the ot…