This week I want to continue on with the parenting series in the form of some encouragement. I know it can be difficult and wearisome when they’re small. Teen years can seem to last forever with attitudes or questions about your choices. Even the adult years of children can be challenging and stressful. For that reason, we all need to have a biblical view of parenting – from the beginning to the end. Let’s dig in and get some good advice from God’s Word to keep us faithful to this blessed call of building our children for the glory of God!
Obviously parenting is a daily responsibility, and sometimes it can get overwhelming. Other days it’s discouraging because the children don’t seem like they’re “getting it.” We then fall into a disheartened mode which also influences the rest of our family.
May I encourage you on your parenting road today?
I heard a preacher recently say that in parenting you need to:
Be firm – Say what you mean and then follow through. Don’t promise a spanking for disobedience and then not carry it out when you get home. That kind of neglect takes a huge amount of effort to undo. If you’ve set a curfew for your teen, expect them to honor it.
Be fair – Too often we hit the first one strong and hard. We’re firm. “No!” “No!” “No!” at every request, every attempt the child makes, at every word they say. But stop and ask if you’re also being fair.
What does “being fair” entail? Being fair requires really listening. Proverbs 18:13 says,
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it,
it is a folly and shame unto him.
Did you hear your child out completely before you answered them? Do you understand where they’re coming from? Or did you cut them off? If the teen was late for curfew, let them speak before you discipline. Hear them out. There may be a viable reason for their tardiness. If we’re wise, we will obey the Scripture above and hear them out. Let them know you care about what they have to say and that they are worth listening to.
Be fun – Lastly, we need to take time out for fun. If things are stressful in homeschool, drop the books and do something just for fun! If there’s been tons of stress in relationships, add a dose of something everyone will enjoy.
- Go on a picnic for lunch.
- Build a fort in the backyard.
- Eat ice cream sundaes for supper.
- Go shopping for sunglasses with your teen daughter and have lunch at her favorite place.
- Learn to laugh – long and hard with your children
- Isn’t it easy to scowl? Let your kids see you smiling- and at them!
Firm, fair, fun. If those words don’t describe your parenting, ask the Lord to help you incorporate the needed areas into your home today!
Which of these three areas is hardest for you?