It’s hard to think about Tomorrow when you’re bogged down in Today. Today brings carpooling, dirty laundry, tired kids, picky eaters, messy homes, friend problems, struggles in school or sports. Today is all-consuming.
I’ve always told my kids to live one day at a time. And I still believe that. However, while living one day at a time, it is also important to keep Tomorrow in the back of your mind.
You see, Today, our children are just “our children.” But Tomorrow, our children are going to be other peoples’ husbands and wives, and the parents of our grandchildren. They’re going to be bosses and presidents and CEOs. They are going to be politicians and doctors and firefighters and teachers.
How you raise your kids Today will determine who they will be Tomorrow. And how we love and guide our children Today will determine what Tomorrow looks like for a lot of other people.
I know that sometimes it’s hard to see past Today. Pain or drudgery or loneliness can fog up our ability to see anything past the present moment. I’ve been through seasons of life like that. But somehow, someway, we have to dig down deep and still give our kids the love and support and guidance they need because Tomorrow a lot of folks are depending on “our children”.
I want my kids to make a positive impact in their world. I want them to help and lead others. I want to know that the years I sacrificed for them were not in vain and that they are paying the love and compassion forward to their own kids and grandkids.
Tomorrow, I don’t want to look back on Today and have regrets.
Janis B. Meredith, sports mom and coach’s wife, writes a sports parenting blog called JBM Thinks. She authored the Sports Parenting Survival Guide Series and has recently launched a podcasting series for sports parents.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.