I know boys. In fact, I used to be one. And I don't like them. Especially these new "millennial" types. And I can't even imagine what their next generation is going to be like. It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. And it makes me want to move to the mountains of Montana to raise my tiny, precious, fragile baby girl there instead.
Well I may be too late. Because it looks like it's already begun...
The three of us took a bike ride to a local park to give Evie a chance to run around and climb on things. This girl has so much energy, and she gets bored pretty easily if we stay cooped up inside. When we got there, a lady had brought her four grandsons to the park as well. One of these boys was a 2 year old named Alex so didn't seem to be able to keep up with his older, faster brothers.
So instead, Alex decided to follow Evie around the entire playground for 95% of the time we were there. He did his best to impress her with his sliding expertise, his climbing ability, and his knowledge of big words like "up" and "here." And I did my best to keep myself between them! Thankfully she didn't seem too impressed. And you can kind of see in a couple of those pictures that she's almost running away from him. Keep it that way, Evie :-)
At this point in her young life, Evie is already pretty independent. The only time she looks to us for help is when she wants food, when she gets hurt, or when she needs us to help her step in and out of her kiddie pool. She doesn't even come to us when she has a full diaper - we have to discover that one ourselves! But we desire for her to come to us for anything as she grows up - big or small, important or not. Is this relationship starting to sound familiar?
God feels the same way about us. Our tendency is to only run to Him when things are going badly - we get a bad medical diagnosis, we get in a car accident, we're in a bad place financially, etc. But God desires for us to come to Him always - not just when we feel we need Him most. By being in communication with Him via prayer and reading the Word on a regular basis, it helps those bad days/weeks/months become easier to endure because we know that our heavenly Father is constantly right there alongside us, and we don't need to try to run and find him when things suddenly go sideways.
"This book shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:8-9 (ESV)
Hopefully knowing God's heart for His relationship with his children can help you analyze the way you communicate and relate to your kids. I know it will affect the way I love Evie and any other future children we have.