Parenting | Just Because It Is Hard Doesn’t Mean You Can Quit

For the past three months, I have been working a weird schedule that has had our home in upheaval because it was so difficult to plan for anything with our family. I would work from 930-530 three days a week and 7-3 two days a week. Now, I know what many of you are thinking; that’s a piece of cake schedule! The problem with children is that they have expectations. They have thoughts of what reality is and that reality is this; nothing is supposed to change…period.

It was so hard to change my schedule. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be with my family or that I did not want to be home at all. It was a season that I had to set what I thought aside and take one for the team. I was glad that I could help. We needed the help.

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The thing about kids is that they don’t fully understand reality. The first thing they think about when they don’t like something is to quit and do something else. They do “what feels good.” It isn’t reality! One of the girls said, “Dad, why can’t you just quit?” My response? “Do you like to have lights? Do you like to eat?” I know. The reality, right?
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In a day where it is easier to just quit when the going gets tough instead of getting tough, I will do what I have to do. Why?  In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon wrote

Commit your activities to the Lordand your plans will be achieved”
Proverbs 16:3 HCSB

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If you give the things that you are doing to Him, He will honor it. Sure, you are going to have to sacrifice time, energy, and maybe even money. Fortunately, I am back on my old shift again and it is normal again. The kids and the wife are Here’s the thing; if I have to do it again, I will do it. Why? Because you gotta do what you gotta do.

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