"Mothers who know are nurturers. This is their special assignment and role under the plan of happiness. To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. Therefore, mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in their homes. Another word for nurturing is homemaking. Homemaking includes cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and keeping an orderly home."
I've been thinking about the word nurture lately. Usually when I think of nurturing my children, I think of calming fears, wiping tears, and tucking them into bed at night. But Sister Beck is right: nurturing is more than that, and it includes the less glamorous aspects of homemaking such as cleaning, laundry, and cooking.
If only I can remember this the next time I'm putting off the laundry. Do my children feel nurtured when they run out of clean clothes? How about when we sit down to eat a last-minute dinner and the table is hastily and messily set and the floor is sticky and covered in cooties? I know that I prefer things to be neat and orderly—it just feels better that way, and it frees my mind from many worries.
Homemaking is a hard aspect of nurturing for me sometimes, because when everything has been going smoothly for awhile, it seems that no one notices. Do my children feel nurtured even when they're not thinking of everything I do to take care of them? I hope so.
During cold and dark seasons, sometimes I plan all day for a cozy evening at home. I clean up the house, especially the kitchen and living area. I make something warm for dinner, and I make sure the house smells nice. Perhaps I will turn on some relaxing music. Then I light a candle on my clean counter (or even on the dinner table), and we can enjoy a warm, bright evening together. This doesn't happen very often. I am hoping that I will be able to work toward a nurturing home every day, and not just sometimes.
What are some ways you like to nurture your family through homemaking?