TWO CORE VALUES IN PARENTING
When my children were little, I was so overwhelmed by the parenting philosophies out there. Co-sleeping, crying it out, bottle-feeding, breastfeeding, playing in the dirt, keeping them germ-free, organic, etc. Like any good leader, I needed direction and had none. I was supposed to do something for eighteen years but had no clear vision of what I was doing.
Do you know if you stacked up all of the books available to parents today, it would reach over two miles high? That is a lot of parenting advice. I have come to the conclusion that I have two driving core values in my parenting. #1. Teach my children how to go to their Father and LISTEN to what He has to say. #2. Give my children tools to deal with the hurts, lies, and offenses that come their way. Being connected to Him and being empowered to deal with the enemy’s darts sets them up to handle any and all circumstances life brings their way. If I can lead them into a lifestyle of knowing their Father and identity, I will have given them the necessary tools to not only survive but FLY.