By: Mia L. Hazett
A new year is here. I was reading this blog the other day and couldn’t understand why I neglected it so much through 2013. I came to realize it was because of growth. The concept when I initiated this blog, was to focus on child-rearing with a no-nonsense approach. When I could no longer really focus on that, I began to focus on who I wanted my daughters to become. But I still for the life of me couldn’t figure out why I didn’t stick with it. My daughters and I have grown so much, since when I started this blog, both individually and as a family. There is little no-nonsense discipline that I have to lay down in my house now.
When I started this blog, I had a five and ten year-old. I now have a seven and twelve year-old. We were also living at my parents’ house. Now we have our own place and my work hours are crazy. I’m up at four in the morning and have a about a hour and a half commute to work and two hours to get home. I have a middle schooler and elementary girl. All of our schedules have changed.
It’s not just about schedules, we have our own space now. We can go back to being ourselves. After over two years, living with other people, there were different house rules. Now it’s our house, my rules, and a personal space we can all enjoy.
In 2013, I continued with their upbringing, changing very little, but I noticed, it was becoming easier. My kids continue with their usual little sisterly spats, but I have built a foundation where I can have peace in my home. I’ve honestly been able to reflect and can testify that if you put your all into setting boundaries and rules with unwavering consequences, it will make your life a lot easier as your children get older.
Now I’m not naive mom either, you all know that. My oldest will turn thirteen this year and just went to middle school this year. I’m sure her period is right around the corner too. I have no doubts that this may be the calm before the storm. Whatever it is, I am grateful for our peace and growth.
© 2014 Mia L. Hazlett