Parenting today is no easy task. As parents, it is a challenge for us in keeping the many areas of our kids' lives so that we could help guide them into becoming healthy adults in every possible way: spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Here is an easy way to keep the basics of parenting in mind:
An affirmed child is a secure and confident child. We can make a huge difference in helping our kids become responsible by affirming them, praising them, and believing in the person they can become.
Kids are going to mess up at times — it's part of their 'job description.' When they do, they don't need to be condemned by their parents. Rather, they need to know they'll be loved and accepted. When your kids has wronged you, forgive them. Restore them. Move on.
This is a big one for me personally! Kids need to feel connected to their parents. Your children regard your presence as a sign of caring and connectedness. Meaningful times families spend together are well worth it.
The purpose of parental discipline is to teach responsibility. Recognize that good parenting involves training children in the areas of choices and consequences. In fact, the guiding force for parenting is found in Proverbs 22:6 — "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Keep that promise in mind at all times when you are sticking to your strategy and you won't be disappointed.
When it comes to molding your children's lives through discipline, kids need you to always to show respect, even in the midst of tension. You can disagree with your children and still be able to communicate. All relationships have conflict, but a relationship between two people whose spirits are open to each other can take the conflict in stride and work through it in love.
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