Whether you are a child or an adult, you have access to all the wisdom you need. Don't give in to discouragement. Today I have a short audio track for you. I will post the link below for the entire album too.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)
Parenting is the ultimate way to raise up disciples. We’re not all called to full time ministry, but we’re all called to make disciples and feed our Father’s sheep.
It is time to get a vision for the next generation. What will your kids create that will change the world? Whatever it is, they will have a very difficult time accomplishing it without your care and wisdom.
Be intentional in raising your kids. Your kids are your story. Ask Holy Spirit what your child’s destiny is. Then take time to get to know your child well. This way you can start to form a strategy to prepare them for their future.
Try to think outside the box in raising your kids. Every child has a unique personality and learning style. It is better to work with their individuality than against it.
It is helpful to think of the parenting journey as raising adults, not taking care of kids. The nurture and training you give out now will affect generations to come. Your kids are your inheritance. Pour your whole heart into them!
We started with a great plan. Isn't that always how it goes? I picked up some "great" history DVDs which I figured would interest the whole family. We were going to watch them a few days a week and have a group discussion.
Fast forward to December, and I had to do a face palm when it dawned on me that we had fallen off the bandwagon of history....missed the train....slidden off the slippery slope.....or whatever you want to call it. We only made it though one and a half of the discs.
I want to blame it on the fact that my oldest son's schedule ended up being much busier than I guessed it would be, which makes it hard for us to all watch the DVD's together. In reality, the series is just plain boring. I can hardly stand to watch it; I certainly can't blame my kids for not being interested in my "great plan."
What's a mom to do when she realizes halfway through the school year that her kids haven't been getting any history education for months? Call a family meeting.
The family meeting on this occasion was a casual, right after family dinner event. I just said, "Guys, I need to talk to you. We have a problem. The younger kids (middle school age) don't know basic history. (They get a deer in the headlights look when I ask basic questions that every American should know the answer to.) What can we do about this?"
Fortunately, my two older boys are really into history. They have been very motivated to learn on their own. They honestly know more about it than I do.
They said, "Just make them read the text books that we read."
Duh. I was trying to make learning fun, which I still think is the best way to go, but in this case my efforts at fun actually made things worse.
The younger kids aren't excited about the plan, but sometimes parenting is about doing what's best for your child, not what's the most fun in the moment.(Click to Tweet)
Are there any areas in school where your family has fallen off the bandwagon this year? Do you have a solution yet? Maybe we can all brainstorm together.