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Molly Miller // Motherhood

Meet Molly Miller, She is a stay at home mom and a nanny to a few other kids during the week. She has one daughter, Paloma (almost 18 months), and another baby on the way in early August. 

What does the role of "mother" mean to you?

To care for, nurture, shepherd, and disciple my children, so that they know that they are loved and secure in their identity in Christ; to choose joyful self-sacrifice for the good of my children. 

What is the best advice you have ever received when it comes to motherhood?

To hold my kids with an open hand, from the minute I find out that they exist. That is, to trust that they belong to the Lord and that I can't control or fix everything and that's ok because he is a good God. Also to use common sense and do what works best for my family. 

How do you like to spend days with your little one?

I try to have good mix of independent play and engaging with her. She loves to sing songs, dance, do puzzles, and read books so we do a lot of that. She loves to put things in their place or in order, so I try to give her opportunities to do that and to explore and create with new things. 

What do you find most important in your role as a mother?

Right now, my role includes a lot of consistent redirection ("nice hands," "we have to share," "no more ice cream" etc) and helping her understand her feelings and desires and express them in a safe and healthy way (without hurting anybody or throwing a fit). In general, I guess the most important part about being a mother to me is to raise my kids in the way that they should go and pray faithfully that they don't depart from it. 

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