The past couple of parenting years have been a bit of a struggle for me. Going from one very easy-going child, to having a second who is the total opposite, has been something I’ve had to figure out along the way. On top of that, moving to a different state after being settled and comfortable, had it’s challenges, too. I’ve been frustrated more times then I’ve been joyful. And I really don’t like that feeling.
For 2016, I chose a new phrase for parenting (and my life’s journey): Be positive! I know there is going to be struggles, “. . . In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Parenting is not easy and there will always be something new that will be challenging. But I have chosen to let go of the things that are out of my control, I have fallen on my knees and leaned into Our Father, and I have prayed for guidance with so many decisions. I have seen answered prayers and hearts changed already. I feel more free to love and stress has been lifted from my shoulders.
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Another important parenting goal for me this year (and always), is to teach my children the love of Jesus. If they know his love for them, I believe everything else will fall into place. My children will make better decisions, they will love and be loved, they will forgive and receive forgiveness, they will be respectful and receive respect, they will give all to God and God will give everything in his plan to them.
And lastly, but certainly not least. I always want to extend grace to my children. Because I know I need the same in return. After each time out, I get down to my child’s level and look them in the eye. They offer apologies and I always forgive. Because there have been times when I’ve made mistakes and I needed their forgiveness, too. Without a second thought, they always forgive me.
I hope you’ll follow along on my parenting journey this year. And I would love to hear your parenting goals for 2016! Share them in the comments below or link up with us at Mommy Monday!