31 Days of Stuff I Wish You’d Stop Saying: Day 2 “My Child Would Never…”

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Welcome back.  Day 2:

“My Child Would Never….”

Let me start by saying, I currently have six children.  We are a foster family.  I have four biological children; one adopted son (#samiam), and a placement who has been with us a long time. He had me at hello. But, that is a story for another post. I speak from experience when I say: do not ever say: “My child would never…”  If you say this, they will do the very thing that you said they would not do.  Furthermore, if you say your child won’t do something while you are pregnant, the bad ju-ju cannot be filtered by the placenta.

My first encounter with this phenomenon, and yes there have been others I am a slow learner, happened with our third child.  I was about seven months pregnant when someone bemoaned her trials with her 3-year-old daughter.  The trial?  The child refused to wear shoes.  After leaving a pot-lock lunch, I said these words:

“Oh, my word!  Suzy is such a hick.  ‘Ashley won’t wear shoes.’  Puh-lease!  Just put shoes on the child.  Who is in charge in this relationship?”

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When I said these words our unborn son’s DNA, neurological make-up, and destiny were chemically altered.  When I say our son would not wear shoes – we had to put him in counseling because of his disdain for socks; FOR SIX YEARS.  Horseback therapy to help him to make some sort of cognitive brain connection so he would not lose his ever-loving mind if we drove past a Payless. We had to go into marriage counseling because of the strain on our relationship from ongoing shoe battles. One time we had to be escorted out of a Sears by a mall cop because of an incident in a Footlocker; we are stilled banned from all Footlocker’s in the western states, and Kentucky I think.  As he entered his teenage years things continued to decline.  He is 6’4″ at the ripe old age of 15.  How do you make someone that size put shoes on?

You cannot.

He now attends school at a Marine Military Academy.  He is smart and has just been promoted again.  Rumors around town were, he got in trouble and this was his punishment.  This is inaccurate.  We couldn’t get him to wear shoes.  Apparently, the only humans that can get him to comply with the societal rule of footwear:  The Marines.

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I say these things to you because I care about you.  Do you have any idea how much military school costs?  There is only one way you can be sure that your child won’t do something you find lacking or disobedient:

DO NOT SAY HE WON’T DO IT.

If you see a child throwing a wet cat fit in Target  you say:

I hope my child acts like that every day of his life! 

If you see a teenager with piercings and tattoos, with a t-shirt that says ‘I hate you’, and dressed all “Goth” you say:

 That child is pure sunshine! I wish I had 12 more just like her!

If a mother says to you “I can’t get my little guy to eat? He will only eat flamin’ hot Cheetos and chocolate milk.”  You say:

That seems like a reasonable diet for a toddler!  That is what I will feed my baby too!

If you see a nine-year-old with a pacifier and a baby blanket getting off a school bus you say:

Awww!  That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!

If you hear a family sent their son to school with Marines:

You drop and give them 50.

Do you follow what I am saying?  This is sound parenting advice you won’t get from Dobson.  But its impact on your child’s future is second only to his or her commitment to Jesus.  Scripture tells us, “Raise a child up in the way he should go and in his old age he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This promise from the Lord and never saying never are your only hope.  These little people are counting on you to shut up.  You just never know my friend.

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My handsome boy

You have been warned.


All fun and kidding aside, I have been overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of love for my writing.  Glory to God.  I feel as though I have a thousand new friends. I have boohooed over the interest in foster care, respite care, and transitional care.  I am hard at work on a static page with more information for you.  Again, Glory to God.  I want to continue to share the funny ups and downs and with that comes the joy and the heartache.  We are an average family. With average struggles. We love Jesus and each other. Foster care families aren’t perfect, so please don’t let that hinder you in your pursuits. It is always easy to look from the outside and think you would do something one way or the other.  You can’t possibly know until you get there.  We have made decisions we thought we would never have to make, and they have always been made with fervent prayer.  Life is sticky.  But God is Sovereign. When you feel you have dropped the ball, ask Him to pick it up, and fill in the gaps.  I hope your day is filled with blessings.  Thanks for reading!

May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained!  See you tomorrow!  Jami

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Momma’s boy

About jamiamerine

I am a wife, mom, & seeker of joy! I love to share funny and inspirational tales with my fellow moms. I fully believe that God intended laughter to be a form of rest and worship. I have a few kids. I have a few years on me. I have a great husband. And I love to laugh. I studied home economics in college, I can cook just about anything, but do not ask me to sew. In my graduate work I studied education and human development, I consider my life continuing education, my children are my ongoing thesis. If they survive that, I will let you know! I write non-fiction for laughter, respite, and inspiration. I also am in the process of submitting my first fiction mystery and have two more in the works! Mom life is hard work. My prayer for my readers is that, even if it you just have five minutes, you can be inspired and encouraged today. Keep it short and sweet... rest in Jesus girlfriend.
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20 Responses to 31 Days of Stuff I Wish You’d Stop Saying: Day 2 “My Child Would Never…”

  1. Teresa says:

    What a wonderful way to bless and encourage people with your anointed words of wisdom! May God continue to bless your ministry and give you the strength to keep doing this good work. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. As a mom, grandmother, Christian, (and let’s face it, Jami’s mother)
    I have tested this theory… And it holds water! 😂. When I was
    expecting Jami’s younger sister, I knew a toddler who wiuldn’t
    Eat and I arrogantly stated, “If my child wouldn’t eat, there would
    Be no chocolate milk!” Three years later I was standing in the
    grocery aisle reading lables of Instant Breakfast and chocolate
    flavoring, trying to figure out how to figure out how to get some
    Nutrition into my non-eating toddler! Oh, yeah! You have been warned!!

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  3. Shelly says:

    Plain and simple: I appreciate you! I’ve obviously never met you but I do look forward to continue to get to know you! Your words are so valuable and I cherish your transparency! Thank you for sharing what God has laid on your heart…..it’s changing lives….thank you! ❤️

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  4. SO GLAD I found this blog. Keep it up, Sister!

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  5. Teresa says:

    ❤️

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  6. jacquelinegwallace says:

    Absolutely agree! And God has such a way of knocking us down a peg or two when, after the first baby who is so compliant and sweet tempered … comes Mr. stubborn himself. We love them all, don’t we, these unique and precious souls entrusted to our care!
    Love your writing!

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  7. Debbie says:

    I just found your blog a few days ago and I have to say you are a ray of sunshine with your humor and wisdom. I love that you are a Christian woman and not afraid to talk about God and how much He means in your life. May He continue to abundantly bless you and your family. Keep the stories coming! They brighten my day!

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  8. Melissa says:

    Soooo funny and SOOOO VERY TRUE! All of my children to varying degrees, (slow learner here too) but especially my sixth! Her name is Johannah and we call her Hannimal. My girl is completely cray-cray lol! 😂 “Stubborn”just scratches the surface!

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  9. Your blog is very entertaining. Keep writing and telling it like it is. Blessings on you and your family.

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  10. Rachel says:

    We are a foster family too! Its tough at times, but I know that God has us right where he wants us! Thanks for your words!

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  11. Shari says:

    The humbling and heartbreaking thing about parenting is how it exposes your pride when it is revealed that even though you we were way too “spiritual” to say anything out loud, your heart arrogantly assumed your kids were better than those “others.” I don’t assume anything anymore.

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  12. Frances says:

    Just yesterday I was thinking how much money our, only when necessary, flip flop wearing 20 year old son has saved us on shoes. He owns dress shoes for those very uncomfortable occasions and a pair of minimalist shoes for, “shoes required” establishments. He has a sister who is almost as bad but she will keep them on in church, doctor’s offices, etc… It really never bothered me as their dad’s shoes come off as soon as he is home and if I could go without I would. I have had many friend that are just amazed and think it is so funny. I have had others tell me how sick they will get. I really can’t tell any difference from their shoe wearing siblings. Hey we live in a small desert town. How bad can it get. LOL!

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