I was walking through Target, Old Navy, and later the mall yesterday, doing some shopping with my parents for the upcoming event of the year that is called Christmas. I know I have one husband and five kids but yesterday I felt the weight of one husband and five kids. I really felt the heavy task of shopping for the family and trying to gain a grasp on what the kids need and try to satisfy some wants. I have already told the kids that after spending so much on sports and other activities that they are involved in that Christmas is going to be simple.
I have really good kids and they didn't put up a fuss. But as the holiday gets closer I am feeling the need and want to make it great with surprises and cringe with the daunting task of making sure everyone has the equal amount of gifts and then I wonder, "is it enough?" I have had a few conversations with fellow moms and find it interesting that they feel that they need to get everything on their kids wish lists. It is foreign to me to think that some kids actually expect to get what they ask for, knowing that it is well over a $100 gift or more. Yes, this is a magical time with Santa and the anticipation of Christmas morning, but if some teenagers really feel they 'deserve' the latest electronics and designer clothing, what kind of person are we shaping for society?
I am not judging anybody, I just hope this helps those moms out there
that are feeling what I am feeling. I am especially emotional this year
with my oldest turning 18 next week and I am ok with getting old, but I
keep asking myself, "Have I done my job? Have I prepared him enough?"
Life as a mom is bittersweet. Here is to a happy Christmas season.
I just came across this blog post by Kristen Welch called 10 Things Our Kids Don't Need This Christmas.
Take a look, it made me feel better.