"Parents, we have little paparazzi following us wherever we go. Little eyes and little ears are taking photographs and recording conversations. Everything we do and don't do, everything we say and don't say, every core value that we give to them - they are taking it all in. What are your children seeing in your life, in the way you parent and discipline them?" - Kid CEO: How to Keep Your Children from Running Your Life (by Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX) I read that and thought, "Wow, this is a huge responsibility - and one that doesn't go away for at least the next 18 years!" Though none of us are perfect, some parents still desire perfection from their kids. How can that be if they are just taking in what we are doing?! My problem has been in not modeling to my kids. I wouldn't say that the things I do and say during the day are wrong, but I'm not making the effort to do and say the things that are right. I (and Charlie by extension) have fallen into the pattern of thinking that the boys are just babies and they wouldn't understand what I was telling them anyway. By thinking this, I have neglected the very early stages of teaching them big and small things - from animal sounds and how to wave bye-bye to how to fold their hands and pray at mealtime and bedtime. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." From that, I gather that we are supposed to be diligent all the time. Have you ever thought about this? I would love to hear your reactions to the quotes and also your approach in modeling life to your kids. And if you have any stories about something your kids caught you doing and repeated, that would be fun too : )
I am a stay-at-home-mom on a mission to raise my kids with a purpose. My desire is that my kids will look back on their childhood with fond memories of their time at home and as a part of our family - and my hope is that you have that same desire.
This blog will be a catalog of ideas (some original, some merely recorded from other resources) to use for every stage of parenting. Ideally, I would love for you to contribute your ideas too, so we can all benefit from the online community of moms - the mother 'hood, if you will!