new ways of interacting with our kids. As I pursued a radical
renewal of mind and heart, I found the capacity to make lasting
change. This happened as I acknowledged my very real need
for others to walk alongside me on this journey. I no longer
viewed such support as a weakness but as a gift. There was no
reason for me to be alone in this pursuit.
For a season of about four years, we met together
regularly. But as always, life transitions and our needs change.
We only meet once in a great while these days, but each time
we cross paths, we experience a safe and grace filled bond with
one another. I have much gratitude for these women who
encouraged me to become a better mom. We learned many
new skills together. I carried these new ideas into our home,
and my husband began to see positive results within our
changing family dynamic. Gratefully, I was not walking this
journey alone. I had a partner.
When our family began to fall apart in obvious ways,
there was an invitation for my husband Mark and me to engage
in conversation around our marriage roles and how we could
each adapt to meet the needs of our family. My “I can handle
it all” belief around being mom and home manager played a
large part in a stark division of labor within our home. I pretty
much handled all matters at home, and Mark took care of work
and financial provision. Though his work was demanding, he
did spend a good deal of his free time interacting with our
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