WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PARENTING
Moms!! Take a deep breath, now exhale!
Parenting is a tough job, believe me, I know I have three kids of my own. We rarely feel we are doing a good job but as long as you are trying then you are doing. I sometimes get calls from frustrated parents/friends wondering what is going on with their kids, their attitudes have changed, their respect for their parents has seemed to vanished. Kids! Teens! Will we make it through parenthood? Haha, of course, we will!
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
We as parents can only do so much. We do the best we can and then we let go. I believe we should raise them in the house of God, teaching them about Jesus and His sacrifice, teach them right from wrong, give them encouragement, discipline, love, work ethics and then we let them go when they have reached the age to make their own decisions and make their own way in life.
We are not to be their best friends. They have kids their own age for that. God gave them to us to guide and teach. Kids are not born into this world and left to fend for themselves, and as they get older to do what they want. No! They are given parents to take care of them, feed and love them and to make the tough decisions for them. We are here to lead them the right way in life, even if God is not part of your life, you are there to be a standard and a safety for your children.
Don’t allow your children to take on a life as an adult so that they will like you. You are not supposed to be the coolest or best friend to your kid. Learn to say NO. No, you can’t smoke at 15. No, you can’t have sex at 16. No, you can’t date at 14. Why? Because they are children! Period! The definition of child is: an immature or irresponsible person. There you go! They are immature and irresponsible therefore they need you! The mature one. Lead them and guide them and don’t be afraid to make them mad. It’s ok. They will still love you. I go through it all the time with my kids. Make a decision and stick to it. Do what is right.
If they stray for awhile that’s ok as long as you are not giving them permission to do wrong. Love them, guide them, most importantly pray for them. It’s not necessarily your fault if they go a different direction as long as you have done your best. Give them to God and find peace. They will make it. Their rode may be long and hard but you’ve done your job. They will come through it.
Be a mom, not a friend.
Train up a child in the way he should go……