Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Hearts at Home National Conference. I am LUCKY, because this conference is held at the University I went to- so it’s very close by! Hearts at Home is a weekend conference designed around mom’s- giving them a chance to regroup, get inspired, and get away! I went last year and was changed in a big, big way.
This year, the keynote speakers were Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. They are a very interesting couple to listen to. They have been criticized in the media for decisions they make for their large family, and most recently, due to the miscarriage of their 20th child, Jubilee. They are fascinating, and one thing that really hit me during their speech (and workshop following!) was that most of the time, our kids get frustrated because they don’t know what we expect from them. As a mom to a toddler, I know how hard it can be for Brayden to communicate what he wants/needs without getting really upset. With that goes what they said about the difference in correcting your child versus training your child. They train their children a certain way so that in certain situations, they get an immediate response (such as when trying to cross the street, etc.) It was just very though provoking, and definitely changes the way I see Brayden’s response to certain things. He might not understand that I am starting to lose my patience, so it is important that I stay focused and help him learn from his mistakes and how to better communicate his needs.
One quote that founder Jill Savage said last year and this year was “It may not be well with my circumstance, but it is well with my soul.” Powerful, right? As moms, we have those days where nothing seems to be going well at all. But thanks to the Grace of God, we have another chance- and HE will carry us through to another day.
I can’t speak highly enough about this conference, and I am already SO excited to go next year. Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner from Full House) is the keynote speaker, and I can’t wait to hear her inspiring message. I am planning to take my sister with me, even though she isn’t a mom, because I think even if you aren’t a mom, you still need the chance to be inspired and recharge.
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