I am trying to live more purposefully, and along with that not stress over the little things. I want my children to remember their childhood fondly. I want them to want to come back home with their families, and know our home is a welcoming place, where they are loved, and cherished. As Moms we can easily get annoyed after a full day or "She hit me.", "That's my toy.", or whatever it is your kids say to one another. We make meals, do laundry, clean messes, food shop, for some home school our children. Our jobs are in many ways "Thank-less", and seemingly never-ending. A lot of what shapes our children's lives, and how they will raise their families is how we live our day to day lives with them. How we treat each other, how we act, or react. Are we acting in love, or just trying to quiet them, and move on to the next situation. If you have 2 or more children you know what I mean. The bickering, the tantrums, maybe a messy room you asked them to pick up several times. Especially Moms of children 5, and under. If you have many children, then there are more combinations of children that will bicker, and the messes are larger. I am not saying you shouldn't intervene, or keep them accountable to pick up after themselves because they need us to guide them. A question I want to start asking myself, before reacting to my children is "Will this matter in light of Eternity?" When we are in the presence of God himself, will we care about if our Children fought over the last cookie, or wore the same pair of socks 2 days in a row? At the moment when emotions are tense, and you just want them to STOP FIGHTING, pick up the books, or put away their clothing that can be very challenging. Knowing they will either look back on their childhood and cringe at our reactions, or think "Wow Mom was able to diffuse our arguing in a loving way" is also a great reminder. Teaching them LOVE, in the midst of a time that is very challenging teaches them so much. We are shaping not only the lives of our children, but the lives our grandchildren, and so on. The Bible calls Children a blessing, and they truly are.