Parenting 101: Lessons From a Puppy & a Toddler

Parenting 101: The Perils of a Puppy & A Toddler. We got a puppy for Christmas…thinking it would be a good idea. I think the jury is still out. Especially since I am the one who wakes up to take her outside when the whimpering becomes overwhelming. Plus, there are these sharp spikes protruding from her mouth. They sink into the back of your leg when least expected.

We have a toddler too. He still gets up in the middle of the night. And has more energy than 10 gymnasts on Red Bull. Thank goodness they are both so darn cute!

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So I have resorted to caffeine to keep me pumped throughout the day. Now, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t supposed to be my New Year’s Resolution. But what is a girl supposed to do? 

Sometimes life gets you in a pickle

Typically, when I feel my life is spiraling out of control, I try to fix it. I try to make it all better. I tell myself that “I Will!” But seriously….sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you don’t have a clue what to do!

There is no answer.

You’ve tried everything.

You feel your prayers aren’t being heard.

Everyone has a piece of advice to give, and yet nothing seems to work.

C’mon now, I know you have been here too. This is where I am right now.  My parenting expertise waning thin. Particularly when it comes to bedtime.

So, our 3-year-old son (almost 4) has battled going to bed at night since the saints came marching in. We’ve slept with him. Sang to him. Turned all the lights off. And then on. We’ve read 2 books. And then 4. And then a gazillion more.

We’ve established routines. And then broke them. Tried to reset them all over again. We’ve been lax and super-duper nice. Been stern and mean mommy as well.


He falls asleep and then wakes up as soon as we sneak out the door. We’ve read parenting blogs and sought advice from counselors and still…yes, still…he wins. I am convinced he is the energizer bunny in human form.

But tonight was different as I stood by his bed. There was no hurry in me. I prayed while I rubbed his back and asked God to bestow courage within him. His eyes drifted shut as weariness set in and you know what happened?

God changed me

Prayer works. You should try it. Because what happens is unexplainable. I cannot promise there will be a shift in your circumstances…but this I can guarantee:

Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7

What are your current everyday struggles in parenting? Have you considered asking God for some help? Are you willing to accept that the answer may not look like you expected?