Christian Parenting

Three Tips for Christian Parenting

I'm just a mom.  When I brought home my son from the hospital, he certainly didn't come with a manual.   But one thing I have learned, is that we learn as we go!  We can read book after book, go to workshops and conferences -- but the BEST way to learn about your child is to actually spend time with YOUR child!

Proverbs 22:6 tells us: "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it"

When it comes to parenting our children, we need to remember that children want to be pleasing! Each of my children try to be pleasing in his or her own way. Sometimes, in their attempt to be pleasing, they create a bigger mess or even break things. It is easy to get frustrated and angry even, but we have to take a step back and remember that children have their own way of showing love.

We also need to take a breath and "don't sweat the small stuff". You may hear people tell you to pick your battles -- yep. THAT! So my daughter wants to wear mis-matched socks... oh well! So my son has on the same shirt two days in a row.... OH WELL! In the grand scheme of life -- are ANY of these things important? no. But conversations about drinking alcohol underage, choosing good friends, making good choices -- yes, I have PLENTY of time for that "stuff".

My third tip is to have a plan! I spend more time on this point here, but I'm passionate about planning! When we take time to talk about what consequences will be or what we'll do in certain situations -- it takes the surprise factor away. We are no longer reacting, and instead just implementing. Whether it is grounding, going to bed early or extra chores... plan it out.

In this Periscope replay, I go into more detail about how we can parent according to God's spirit and offer the guidance Christ asks us to offer as parents.

What do you think?  Do you sweat the small stuff?

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