Is Child Training Bringing You Down?
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Be encouraged, dear mother! Raising children isn't for the faint of heart. I was pondering today about our eternal importance as mothers and I just wanted to share a few things with you that the Lord has been trying to teach me....
1.) Motherhood is truly the most challenging undertaking women can aspire to.
2.) You're not just a "stay-at-home-mom". You're an artist fashioning your piece de resistance, an architect building future generations!
3.) God Almighty has equipped your family with everything needed to have a loving and peaceful home...YOU!
But if you don't feel like an artist or if the thought that YOU are the link to a happy home makes you feel like a waste of space...DON'T DESPAIR!!! You're not alone. Let's face it! Babies don't come with an instruction manual. And just like anything else worth doing, raising maidens of virtue and noble young men takes a lot of effort and planning. BUT IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE!!! In fact, with a few changes in approach every mother can enjoy the beauty of a peaceful home. And by peaceful I don't mean quiet. I mean harmonious. Not one of those boring homes where children are to be seen and not heard. NO!! I'm talking about a home where everyone has fun, everyone feels important, and strings of fellowship within the family are built everyday! Does that sound out of reach for you? Well, your first step is to remember that with God, all things are possible! If you give your life to Jesus, He can work wonders in your family. And if you are already a Christian, realize that we all make mistakes and God loves to show us mercy. Let today be a fresh start. Won't that feel great? Wake up tomorrow with a renewed sense of purpose. Here are a few little things I try to do to build fellowship with my children...
1.) Smile at them over dinner
2.) Praise them for something. (This has to be genuine. Look at your child's character and compliment actions that show a move in the direction you desire, e.g. " I'm impressed by how many grocery bags you can carry at one time. You're making my job easy!")
3.) Ask their opinion on a current event. Then engage them in a conversation about it. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just a little something to make them feel like part of the group. Children who talk your ear off when they're little will talk to you when they're grown :-)
Remember that Joy is contagious! If we have a joyful attitude, our families can't help but follow!!! :-) Lots of Love - Jenny