Walking by the magazine aisle in the grocery story, I noticed a headline that claimed “Raising a Royal Baby”. The article was apparently about the expectant royal couple William and Kate. I thought how interesting, exciting, yet difficult it would be to raise a “royal” child.
All the eyes of the world would be on you. If your children struggled with behavioral problems or other issues, what kind of attention would that draw? The initial thought of being someone of royalty sounds quite intriguing, but, to be under the constant scrutiny would be tough. Parenting is a hard enough job without having the eyes of the world watching your every move.
Tonight would not have been a good “parenting through the lens of the camera” moment for me. Busy streets, long lines, and two very hyper, and slightly defiant, children pushing every boundary possible in the store, was enough to diminish the “merry-ness” of the last-minute Christmas shopping trip. Thoughts of “I’m gonna wring their little necks!” ran through my mind all while I was smiling through my pseudo-calm words of “If you continue this behavior, we will have to leave the store.”
Reflecting back on the magazine cover I saw, it hit me that we are all raising royal children. As a believer in Christ the King, I know my children are His. This means that I am raising royal children! What a wonderful, and challenging thought!
The next time I get a little….um….frustrated with my little ones while out and about, I need to remind myself that I am raising children of the King. Now that should humble and refine me a bit! That should remind me of the importance of striving to always grow as a parent, to learn more about what works and doesn’t work, and to remember that I too am a child of the King.