Parenting can be scary (but sometimes it’s all about perspective)

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When you become a mom or dad, it seems like there are so many things to fear: from SIDS during those first few months, to things like our kids choking, drowning, or running into the street and getting hurt.

I still remember when my kids were just newborns and how I’d go into their rooms in the middle of the night to check if they were okay.

I still recall the panic when I think about the time my son–just two years old–wandered away during a neighborhood party and we thought we lost him.

As a mom, I admit, there have been many times I’ve been fearful about the safety, health, or well-being of my kids. 

And I’m finding out as time passes, it doesn’t necessarily stop as they get older. With each new year, it seems like there are new things to worry about.

Which is why I LOVE this reminder not to fear.

Deb, one of our talented writers over at 5MinutesforFaith shared a story last week that I wanted to share with you. It’s a great reminder that, even though there might be things to be scared of as a parent, living in fear is not how we were meant to live.

Here’s the story:

A Child’s View of Thunderstorms

A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather one morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she still made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she feared the electrical storm might harm her child.

Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child’s school.

As she did, she saw her little girl walking along. At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile. Another, then another, flash of lighting followed, and with each one the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.

When the mother’s car drew up beside the child, she lowered the window and called to her, “What are you doing?”

The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.”

As Deb said so well when she shared this story, sometimes it’s all about perspective, isn’t it?
 
Click here to read more about Deb’s experience with fear and the reassurances she shares. Her post made me thankful for my faith and how much it’s helped over the years when I’ve slipped into that worried-mama mode. :)
 
What about you? Have you ever struggled with fear as a parent?