Have you ever noticed that it never ends?
I mean once you bring that itty-bitty one into the world, the responsibility just rolls along from one day to the next without a thought of letting you rest?
You know what they say. The days are long but the yeas are short. Sigh.
Just give them time and maturity and it starts getting easier…but it still never ends.
For instance, I’m always appalled when it’s time to eat again. The preparation for the meal takes longer than the eating of it, and no sooner are you cleaned-up that it’s time to start again. Most meals aren’t even memorable, but that has no bearing on their importance. Feeding kids at my house is really about finding some healthy recipes and then making them over and over…and over.
Then Viola! They become big and strong and try to carry you around the kitchen on their back and make you take your shoes off so they can measure you on the wall against their own height-mark. I suddenly wonder what I did to make this happen.
All I did was feed my kids…everyday… and they passed me up!
Training children is a lot like feeding children. It is not about being memorable as much as it is about using a healthy recipe (see mine below) and being consistent to get those essential nutrients in them. They may not like it at first, but keep it up and they will develop a taste for the new way things are being done at home.
One day, you will realize that they are strong, mature, gracious people with integrity and you will shy up to them and measure your own character and realize that they have surpassed you. You will cry! But don’t worry. They still need a hot meal from mama now and again and you’ll be SO glad it never ends!
Here are some essential nutrients that I have found work wonders.
I F.E.E.D. My Kids so They Can Grow
Inspire with your example. Your children will follow your ways.
- Proverbs 20:7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
- Proverbs 23:26 Pay close attention, son, and let my life be your example.
Fast and pray…for a heart change that only God can make
- Proverbs 2:3, 4 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Explain the right attitudes and actions that you expect.
- Proverbs 4:20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
Encourage when you see improvement.
- Proverbs 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed
Discipline when you see digression.
- Proverbs 29:15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
…And when they wake up tomorrow, I FEED them again! You got this!
What is one of your go-to Proverbs for parenting?