Have you ever been there with your daughter? We all probably have at some point in time. Our words get the best of us, and we ruin a perfectly good time working together because of our impatience and condemning attitudes.
We would like to blame it on our daughter, for she truly made a mess of things, but, in reality, we are the ones to blame.
God doesn't particularly like a loose, condemning tongue. Read Proverbs and you will find many verses on guarding our mouths.
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28
When we include our daughters in our work and/or business, we must keep in the right frame of mind. There will be mistakes, some will be big. There will be interruptions, usually at the worst possible times. On top of that, we might be in a hurry to finish a job or have a deadline. Our reactions to all of this will determine whether we can make it an enjoyable time despite all of the problems, or a "stay away from mom" moment.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Proverbs 21:9, 25:24
I have failed. At times I wish that I could turn back time and redo my less than perfect moments. Although we cannot do this, God will continue to allow similar circumstances to happen. We can redeem ourselves and put on a meek and quiet spirit, or we can repeat our selfish behavior and continue a hurtful and damaging cycle.
How much more our daughters (and sons) will want to work with us if our words are edifying and encouraging? We have such a good time together when I have put off my old crabby attitude and put on a cheerful heart.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Embrace your time as you work together and give lots of praise. Our daughters need to hear this more than we realize.
As my children and I are weeding a row in the garden or making goat's milk lotion, I have to be calm and slow down. Sometimes this is hard if I am in a rush. But, my focus should be on my children, not whether I get the soaps shipped out or made at a certain time.
For this is all material, earthly things. My daughter's heart is precious! I must capture it!
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