Posted in Family by David Benham | December 29th, 2013
My wife and I chose to breast-feed all five of our children. Other than the incredible health benefits this brought to our kids, breast-feeding them developed an intimate bond between child and mother. It was an incredible thing to watch. Yet after twelve month’s we began to wean each of them. This was the first time that I saw anger in my kids! Looking back it’s really funny, but during the moment it felt tragic.
Why is this? Because the baby longs for the comfort of the breast – that’s all he’s ever known and every time he’s close to his mother’s chest he begins to think about eating. A mother’s breast is the most comfortable place for an infant, so when it’s time to consume real food and to spend less time on the breast there’s a deep inner longing to be right back into the place of comfort that he knows so well. However, after a few days/weeks of steady routine the baby forgets the whole thing and begins to crave real food. At this moment he’s been weaned – no longer craving the breast but fully capable of resting against his mother without cooing for her breast.
“Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother; my soul is like a weaned child within me.” – Psalm 131:2
We use this principle with our kids in various areas of their lives as well. We wean them from video games, consumption of candy, etc. and begin to slowly teach responsible decision-making. There’s always a fight at first, but as we stick to our decision we have seen great results. The same happens personally when Lori and I start eating healthier right after Christmas.
We all have areas of our lives that need weaning. It hurts for a moment, but the results are worth the pain.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: What are areas in your personal life or in your home that need weaning. Identify them and start the process. It will be well worth it!