Reap to Sow: Chapters 1 and 2

Monday, October 10, 2011

Welcome to the first installment of Reap to Sow!

On Mondays we will focus on reaping: What are we gleaning, discerning from the reading?
On Fridays we will focus on sowing: What actions from the Power Points can we apply in our lives in order to become more positive mothers?

So, let's get started . . .

This week we will be reading and discussing Chapters 1 and 2 of The Power of a Positive Momby Karol Ladd. Chapters 1 and 2 set the stage for the book by outlining the Portrait of a Positive Mom. Karol starts by building us up in Chapter 1, pointing out the economic and societal value of mothers. She includes a powerful quote from Thomas Edison:

I did not have my mother for very long, but she cast over me an influence which has lasted all my life. The good effects of her early training I can never lose. If it had not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never likely have become an inventor. I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of a different mental caliber, I should have turned out badly. But her firmness, her sweetness, her goodness were potent powers to keep me in the right path. My mother was the making of me.

Thomas Edison! The inventor, the genius - he thought this much of his mother? She influenced him this much? Amazing. As the mother of boys who can sometimes be called, "careless," this quote was a revelation. Am I showing appreciation and faith in my boys during a critical time? Do I think of them as careless, or do I see the potential?

I know there is room for improvement. How can I do better?

Thankfully, Karol provides some answers in Chapter 2, The Secret to Your Success. I won't spoil it for you, but I'll give you a hint - you don't become the sort of mom Mr. Edison talked about by enrolling your "careless" child in soccer, choir, karate, tennis and piano. You also can't enroll yourself in that many activities. (Ahem. This is hitting close to home. . . )

Although we may think an overflowing plate of activities and interests makes us "well-rounded," the truth is that it is more likely to stress us out and make us ineffective in our areas of primary responsibility. (page 24)

The truth is, that is so true. My children need more than a schedule-manager/chauffeur, and I need to focus on my primary responsibility. My children need a mom who understands her value and role as Mother, who has an idea or a plan for her family and guards it, and who seeks guidance from God in all things. In Chapters 1 and 2, Karol opens the doors on how to do that.

What will your children say about you when they are grown? Will it come close to that Thomas Edison quote?

If you are reading along . . . On Friday, I will pick a Power Point from Chapters 1 and 2 to discuss and apply ~ to sow.

We hope you will join us in Friday's comments and provide a link to your blog if you decide to write on these chapters this week. We want to join in your discussion and create a real community here.

Thanks for reaping and sowing with us!

On Wednesday, linking up with The MOB Society for Growing Godly Men - cause my children are boys!

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One Response to “Reap to Sow: Chapters 1 and 2”

  1. Reading the Thomas Edison quote is so's hard to imagine that my children would perceive me in that way. In the here and now they will often say "you're the best, mom" but I think the years when they begin to discover their identity apart from us will be the bigger test. Praying God would continue to give us His wisdom for how we navigate these years and that He keeps reminding us of this important task through all our challenges.