22 April 2014

Be Community // Raising Community Minded Children


                     


If you missed the first post on Raising Community Minded Children you can check it out here.


Now the title of this post might sound a bit redundant to you. But there was just no other way to say it. To raise your sweet babes to be "community minded" you have to actually BE in community. with people. which is hard.


I've written about this before, and I will freely admit that this is one of the most difficult things that I have had to wade through in my motherhood journey. My friendships are different now, they are harder, but because of this they are infinitely sweeter. I have to choose my friendships now, and I've found that I can't choose everyone. This isn't to say that I've booted friends from my life, but more so that friendships I would have pursued a deeper level in back in my single days, I have to be content to remain more casual. For a people pleasing girl who wants everyone to like her this isn't easy! I can't tell you how many times I've said 'but I just want to be friends with everyone' ... While this may have been possible in High School or even university, it's just not the case anymore. 


I recently reqad a quote by Rick Warren that said "Casual friends are the result of circumstances, but close friends are the result of choices". He further encouraged that this is the way it should be. That this is truly healthy. 


Adriel Booker writes in her post "Growing Friendships in the season of Mothering Littles" ;

"I still have many friendships that have remained from past chapters of my life – from my girlhood, my teenage years, and my wild, adventuring twenties. There is nothing like them and nothing that will ever replace them. They are some of my richest treasures. But the friends I have around me right here, right now – they are special too. They’ve been planted and watered through the season of late nights and early mornings and learning
how to be a grown-up with little people depending on me."

This is what I desire; friendships that are planted and watered through this season, friendships that are chosen. My husband and I have been so blessed to be in a community of friends (not all are parents, which is important too) who are for us. They pour into our lives and we pour into theirs. Hazel loves them and they feel comfortable to tell her 'no' or encourage her to share. I can't tell you what it means to be so comfortable with people that you feel home in their homes. You feel at ease in your best and worst moments. 
Yes, it takes effort and time and vulnerability and intentionality. But the benefit not only for ourselves but for our children is immense! 

Our children will grow together. They learn that we care for others, helping when they have needs, whether that be a meal shared, or dropped off after a new baby arrives, meeting together and praying for each other, or putting up drywall for one and fundraising for another's adoption. This is life and we are doing it together. 

So let people in, build your community. Be intentional about a few friendships and trust them with your children, with your life, all of it.



What do you think? Is it important for our children to see us in community? 

4 comments:

  1. I believe it's very important for children to see and learn a good sense of community from their parents. Especially in today's world were community is no longer local. So many times now local community gets side stepped for the virtual one. I want my children to experience having that friend down the road that will do anything for them (within reason of course lol) and want them to be the same type of friends to others.

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  2. I love this. I love seeing my daughter's relationships with our friends & family grow into their own. Thanks for focusing on community, it's important!

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  3. Friendships have been on my mind a lot lately, as becoming a mother I found I have chosen more of who I want to surround our lives, in the past I may not have thought about it as much but true authentic friends are who I want to surrounds and nurture Greta & and our lives. That quote about circumstance and choice is so true. I have many friendships that grew out of circumstance and it is up to us whether we chose for them to grow or let them fade with that season of our lives. Great post Hannah!!

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  4. This is something I struggle a lot with. I know exactly what you mean when you say you just want to be friends with everyone. I'm the same way, yet at the same time I'm kind of an introvert. It's often just 'easier' to stay at home where I know I'll be happy and comfortable. Since I've had Riggs I feel like I'm more isolated in some ways, mostly because I think it's harder to be friends when you have kids. I've found that when parenting styles are very different, it causes quite a strain on a friendship. The whole 'mom wars' aspect of parenting has been the hardest thing for me since becoming a mom. And yet I feel that community is so important, especially for our children to see from a young age. I'm so grateful to have a few amazing friends to share with and a church family to share with as well. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this topic, it's an important one! :)

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