Currently, our small group is studying parenting. To do this we have carefully selected 4 couples who we feel have been successful while raising their kids. This means they are Christians, still married, and their kids are out of the house and doing well - married, walking with Jesus... It has been wonderful to hear from these couples and ask them questions about what they did, what worked, what didn't work etc.
I was really struck by one of the statements that the couple last week shared: "we made our kids our hobby." Meaning, whatever their kids were into, that's what they became interested in and got into as well. In our selfish all-about-me culture this self-less approach really hit me. Do I do this? I'm not sure.
Every so often I get the itch to doula more (I currently take only 2-3 clients a year). But does the MANY hours that doula work require benefit my kids, my family, or just me? Is birth work my hobby, our is it my kids?
Thoughts to ponder...