Cultivating Character

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As moms, it is sometimes tempting to be more frustrated by the inconvenience our child may cause, than by their character. It can be tempting to get more upset over that third glass of spilled milk at breakfast, than over the fact that our child told us they completed a chore when they didn’t. One was an accident (okay, three accidents!) and one was an outright lie. Yet cleaning up spilled milk for the third time can be more irritating …

Every Child is Unique :: Parenting Tip Number Twenty-one

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Anyone who has more than one child realizes that God created every child to be a unique individual. It has always amazed me that children raised in the same family, by the same parents, in the same environment, can all be so different from each other. While family unity is vital for our children’s growth and security, it is also extremely important that we treat our children as individuals. They each have their own unique struggles, their own unique talents, …

Dealing with Mommy Guilt :: Parenting Tip Number Twenty

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Mommy Guilt. Is there a mother on the planet who doesn’t have it?? Here is a very partial list of my Mommy Guilt: Starting a strict schedule with my particular baby who needed to be held and cuddled the most. Making a child finish his dinner when his tonsils were so swollen they were touching at the back of his throat. Jumping to conclusions without knowing enough of the facts (multiple times). Not being more patient and understanding of my …

Let Them Leave and Cleave :: Parenting Tip Number Nineteen

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As of May 15 of this year, I have been raising children for twenty-three years, so while I feel somewhat qualified to share parenting advice, I am fairly new at this mother-in-law thing. 🙂 My oldest son, Joshua, and his wife Alissa, have only been married for two years. I am sure many of you could offer much more advice on the topic of being mother-in-law. However, I will share a little that I have learned. It is vital that …

Why My Kids Don’t Run Our Home :: Parenting Tip Number Eighteen

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You will notice that some of these posts overlap. This one is very similar to #5, but I’m coming from a different angle. Our children are a blessing, and we are thankful to have them. It is a really good thing to do special things for them, and allow them to do special things. It is okay to watch their favorite movie, instead of our own. It is okay to plan a meal that a particular child really likes, even …

Relationships Trump Rules :: Parenting Tip Number Seventeen

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If we are going to have any kind of influence over our children, having a relationship with them is vital. This is true at any age. We need to invest in them. We need to spend time with them. We need to listen to them. We need have them work along side of us. We need to read God’s Word with them. We need to pray with them, and for them. We need to delight in them. This means that …

How to Prepare Children :: Parenting Tip Number Sixteen

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We need to prepare our children to stay strong in an ungodly world, and to possibly even face persecution. It saddens me to even have to put this among the list of parenting advice/suggestions. Five years ago, I never would have thought that there would be a need to write something like this. But sadly, Bible believing Christians are being targeted more and more for simply standing up for their convictions. And even more sadly, even some fellow believers think …

Why Should I Read to My Child? Parenting Tip Number Fifteen

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Some (perhaps most) of these posts stem from various regrets, things I would tweak (or totally change) if I were just starting out as a parent, and things I wish I had learned earlier. However, this is one thing that I would do exactly the same way if I were to do it over again. Some background When my kids were little, I literally spent hours a day reading to them (not all at once!). My oldest son just told …

Why I Put My Marriage First :: Parenting Tip Number Fourteen

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I have hesitated to post this one because I have several dear friends who are single moms, and one single dad that I know of, and not by their own choice. God has given them extra strength and grace to raise their children as a single parent, and they are each doing amazingly well under the circumstances they’ve been given. But this post isn’t for them. This is for the Christian moms (and dads!) out there who are married. This …

Avoiding Self-righteous Attitudes :: Parenting Tip Number Thirteen

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I have found this particular tip, by far, to be the hardest one to try to put into words, but I’ll do my best. I also know that this one may be rather controversial. As with everything I am posting, please make your parenting decisions in light of Scripture.   What’s wrong with self-righteous attitudes? The very short version: A self-righteous person does not edify his brothers and sisters in Christ in any way, so for that reason and many …