I don’t know about you, but so far in life…the hardest thing I’ve done…is being a parent…a job that will never be done.
But, just like anything in my life, I never do anything halfway. I will tackle this will full force. I like to call myself a Professional Parent. Not because I'm an expert or have it all figured out, but because I want to take it seriously. My children deserve it, and so do yours.
Think about your Job…you go to school for it…you dress up and look your best for your job, prepare for meetings…you make agendas and spreadsheets and you read up on how to be the best at what you do.
I think the same should be for parenting. Go to classes, read everything, take it seriously. And be a good example appearance wise...I want my daughters especially to learn how to care well for themselves. They need to see mommy in things other than sweats.
Don’t just guess. We're not just raising children, we are raising adults.
The latest thing I read on parenting was one of those lists of do’s and don’ts. Things like:
- Let your child hate you…part of growing up is being mad at your parents.
- Children need to struggle sometimes fall down…so they can learn to pick themselves back up. Literally and figuratively.
The One that stunned me: "Be the person you want your child to be."
They wrote, "The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Your child is watching you all the time…absorbing what you say and what you don’t say…how you react, how you treat people, how you behave. Modeling is the most powerful teacher."
So I made a list, who I need to be, so my children will grow up to be strong, healthy, love God, and serve others
I need to eat healthy...so they will.
I need to exercise...so they will.
I need to give...so they will give.
I need to pray...so they will pray.
I need to care for strangers...so they will care for others.
I need to go to church...so they go to church.
I need to care for my health...so they will care for themselves.
If I want them to follow and love God…they have to see me do it.
“A young mind is like jello…you got to put in the good stuff before it sets. "
Stories Shared Today:
10 Pieces of Parenting Advice. Betsy Brown Braun
Modern Day Samaritans
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You don't have to take your kid's shoes off at the airport anymore! Huffington Post
I want to be Wonder Woman. Hope she will be better dressed!