Parent Tool Kit



Facebook


Twitter


Youtube


Pinterest


Linkedin


Instagram

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

We’d love to hear your suggestions for topics. What questions do you have? Let us research it!


Contact Us

Parent Survival Kit

Sylvia Mccrory
April 2020

baby-22194_640

Children are one of the greatest gifts God gives us.  Raising children comes with many rewards and an abundance of love. Nothing on earth compares to holding your newborn.  Your heart almost explodes with love for this tiny baby. Each year parents develop more skills to care for this child.

Being a Christian parent is not easy in today’s world of loose morals and misplaced values.  Knowing your journey will be difficult, and knowing you are not the only one dealing with problems helps to make the journey easier.

The Tool Kit

           UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Just has God has unconditional love for us, we need to show our children unconditional love. Our children need to know no matter what they do, or the mistakes they make, they can always come to us, we will always love them. In her book, Ripple Effects, Pam Tebow was asked, “Can you tell me how my wife and I can raise our children to love Jesus?” She responded, “Just the way God loves you.  Your unconditional love will demonstrate God’s love for your children. That love will continually draw them to you and ultimately to the Lord.” (P. 163)

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13  

Knee Pads

As Christian parents we should humble ourselves and get on knees to pray thanking God for trusting us with His children.  Realistically, we often take the good times for granted and put our pray life to the side. Then it seems, out of nowhere, we find ourselves in need of God’s grace.  Parents everywhere are experiencing pain because of their children. It could be illness, drug use, promiscuous sex, homosexual lifestyle, turning away from God, and many others.  These are the times we spend hours in pray, talking to God.

Faith

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Bible

Read the Bible often, know you are not alone when times are difficult.

“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
 
Courage to Be Different

We live in a corrupt world, Satan is very much alive infiltrating our lives through the internet, television, friends, family, and almost every way mentionable.  Be courageous to be different.

“But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20

 

Trusted Friends

During our difficult times, as parents, we often need a trusted friend, someone who will not gossip.  Christian friends will pray with you and be there for you. It is wise to grow a strong group of Christian friends to help you grow in your walk as parents.  As a bonus, your children will gain friends.

Books

I have often turned to Christian books during my times of despair.  At the end of this blog I will list a few. The times of heartache, we desperately need to know we are not alone, that someone else has felt this heartache.  A good library is a great tool.

Memory

As parents, we have high expectations for our children.  But we need to remember, they are not perfect, we are not perfect.  It is times like these we need to remember what we were like as children, how we behaved at this age.  Remember our parents probably had some similar problems with us.

Sense of Humor

Understand children, especially teenagers seem to get on our nerves, they seem to know how to “push our buttons”, and they push the limits.  Sometimes the most important thing to them may seem silly to us, this is when we need to realize they will outgrow this phase. For my son’s seventeenth birthday, he wanted the cartilage in his ear pierced.  Although, I knew this wasn’t a wise decision, he had worked for the privilege and earned it. Today, as a grown man, he does not like to look at the pictures of that time.

Priorities

Not everything should be a test of wills for parents against children.  Choose your battles. Save the “show of strength” for the battles that will come.

Patience

Our children go through many stages.  Some of these will try our patience. Remember children are people, and many times they aren’t trying to be difficult they are just processing things in their developing brains.

Forgiveness

Refer to unconditional love.  We all make mistakes, some mistakes are worse than others, but forgiveness should be freely given, and forgotten, not held as a reminder for future use. In I Corinthians 13 we read about the characteristics of love.

“It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” I Corinthians 13: 5

RESOURCES and RECOMMENDATIONS

Ripple Effects by Pam Tebow

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Rebel With A Cause by Franklin Graham

In Every Pew Sits A Broken Heart by Ruth Graham

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER


Subscribe

branch-white

We’d love to hear your suggestions for topics. What questions do you have? Let us research it!

1 thought on “Parent Tool Kit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.