Having kids is hard. Raising them even tougher. And raising them in the way they should go is demanding on any parent.
As Christians, we can create a Godly environment for our kids and raise them in such a way they cannot deny we love them, all while keeping their best interest at heart. Keep in mind; we are the caretakers of our kids. So take the posture of being a partner in their growth throughout your life. When they fall, lift them up with direction, words of wisdom, and unconditional love.
Here are some very practical ways you can do this in your everyday life:
1. Lead by example.
How is your language around them? What tone of voice do you speak to them and others? Do you take the time to listen to your kids? How is your behavior around your children? How do you speak with and treat your spouse? How do you handle conflict? How do you respond in the tough seasons of life? Your actions and words leave an impression in the mind of your children.
2. Be patient with them.
Your kids may not learn the same way you did, and that’s because they aren’t YOU. Give them the gift of time and patience. If they do not have your personality, you will need to be patient with them as they grow. Being patient with them can help them learn things for themselves.
3. Give them roots and wings.
Instill in them roots to your Christian heritage. This will be a foundation for them for the rest of their life. When they fall, and they will stumble from time to time, they will not fall any lower than the foundation of Christ. They will fall into God’s grace. You can help them up from there.
Give them wings, and let them dream, and let them fly, and let them do amazing things. When we believe in them, they believe in themselves. Affirm them. Speak well of them to others. Encourage them and show them affection by hugging on them and kissing them. Then they will fly with confidence and achieve their God-given purpose. As parents, when we reach down to help them up, we propel them to new heights in their life.
4. Discipline your children.
To discipline your children is to love them. Proverbs 22:6 says; “Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
To discipline your children is to teach them morals and to build character in them. You can instill Godly wisdom in them, so when they are out of the house, God can continue the work He started in them through us. God has a purpose for your kids and He will lead them in that direction after you hand them off to the One who created them. When we do our part as parents, we can trust that our kids won’t get any further from the Father than His grace is extended.
God’s grace is extended to us to raise our kids in the way they should go. Let’s tap into that grace so we can launch our kids to new heights.
- What one thing can you do differently to launch your kids to new heights?
- What have you done in the way of parenting that may help the rest of us?