I think that is something that we miss out on as a society that values family independence and separation. We had neighbors in the last house we lived in that had 3 generations living together - and it was small house! Other neighbors would make comments from time to time about how many people lived there although they made no trouble for anyone else and it did not affect anyone in the neighborhood at all. But I think they have an advantage living that way. New parents not only have support but the wisdom of their elders and the guidance in raising their children.
Even though we don't live with my parents I am able to still learn from my mom through her examples as a babysitter. I need to hold on to that thought on the days I'm frustrated about being away from the girls.
I started thinking about all of this when my mom sent this beautiful poem to myself and my sister in law. It hit me immediately that this it described her as a mother. In all the lessons I'm learning from her about parenting, these are the ones I need to cling to the most.
Beatitudes for Mothers
Blessed are the mothers who love God;
For their children shall not be ignorant
Of their Creator and His plan concerning them.
Blessed are the mothers who love the Word of God;
For their children shall know
Of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Blessed are the mothers who love the house of God;
For their children shall enter there with them
In the presence of God.
Blessed are the mothers who love to pray;
For their children shall feel the power of prayer
And many shall find salvation.
Blessed are the mothers who love to fight life's battles
With a strong and steadfast faith in God;
For their children shall know where to find
strength in time of need.
Blessed are mothers who love to sing praises to God;
For their children shall know the joy of being
a child of the king.