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Parenting Advice!!!
Mar 24 2010

Parenting Advice!!!

Michael W. Smith is a grandpa now! His son in law, Jack Mooring, from the band Leeland is in need of parenting advice. What is your BEST parenting tip???

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3/20/2010 8:41:11 PM
Remy Sheppard United States
Remy Sheppard
Run away.

Run as far as you can.

no but seriously, read "Visionary Parenting" by Rob Rienow.
3/20/2010 8:41:33 PM
Caren United States
Caren
Hold them, hold them, hold them while you can, they grow up so fast. I have a 25yo about to get married and a 17yo I'm homeschooling. I've loved every minute of being their Mom. It is the greatest privilege I've ever had in my life! God is good!
3/20/2010 8:41:58 PM
Tim O'Hearn United States
Tim O'Hearn
The best prescription I was given after my first child was born came at his first check-up. The doctor pull out his scrip pad and wrote "Find a babysitter and take a night out by yourself." From the beginning we learned that it was OK to leave our son in someone else's hands on occasion. And we leave him in God's hands at all times.
3/20/2010 8:42:30 PM
Debra Green United States
Debra Green
Best parenting tip I can give is:  Listen to what everyone tells you because there is a wealth of information and experience out there.  Some things work and others don't. Then do what you feel is best for your child.
3/20/2010 8:42:33 PM
Chris Anderson United States
Chris Anderson
Best parenting advice I can give?

Having reared a 21 year old, amn 18 year and still going strong on a 13 year old.

Never forget they are a precious gift from God, so love them like they are the gift given you.

Don't forget to have fun with them - it is perfectly alright for a 20 - 40 year old man to act like he is 5 years old with his children. They grow up way too fast.
3/20/2010 8:44:17 PM
Amy United States
Amy
When it came time for me to go back to work after my son was born I was feeling pretty awful about leaving him. My mother gave me some great advice/words of wisdom. She said its not the quantity of time you spend with your son, its the quality of the time you spend with him. Make every minute count and it wont matter if you have 24 hours a day with him or just 12.  I have always held that advice close to my heart!!
3/20/2010 8:52:01 PM
Melissa Domingue United States
Melissa Domingue
The thing that my husband and I have done with our child, i find is the most helpful advice i can give to new parents is start them on a schedule early..... We started our baby who is 9 months now,  At 2 months old on a schedule. Since 7 month ago she is bathed, fed and sleeping in her bed by 7:30pm every night... This allows my husband and I to have time with one another and also to do chores that need to be done around the house.... And yes that is true what ed said, "TAKE IT DAY BY DAY!!!!" They do grow  fast..... It feels like the months flew by, but we've cherished every moment since the day she was born which is allowing us to have plenty of memories of us and our first child..... Good Luck and may god bless you and your family, just like he did mine.....

Love,
The Domingue Family..... Melissa, Jared, $ Baby Blaislyn.....
3/20/2010 8:53:42 PM
Karl United States
Karl
As a father of 4 and a school principal, my recommendation for parenting is consistent high expectations of yourselves and your children.
3/20/2010 8:55:38 PM
Brandon United States
Brandon
Start off saying, I'm 17, and I'm not a parent, but I do have some advice, I hope it helps.

Teach your children to listen and be obedient, by listening to them.  Just as we're called to listen and obey our Father, we as children should also be taught to listen in the same way.  Along with that, you as a parent will also learn to listen better.  We should be slow to speak and quick to listen.

Keep in mind, you are still the parent, and you still have the last call and final say, and that should not be taken from you.
3/20/2010 8:59:35 PM
Julie United States
Julie
When we adopted our oldest child, we told Gregory that he would get 3 Christmas presents because Baby Jesus received three.  We never thought we would be blessed through biological birth 2 more times with our Gretchen & Olivia nor another adoption with our Luke.  But, with a home full of children and often times stretched finances at Christmas time, the "3 present rule" is not only important to our fanmily budget but also to remain the focus on the Christ Child!  
3/20/2010 9:03:10 PM
gina United States
gina
Call your local health department and have them send out an M.I.P. (mother/infant program)nurse. She or he will be able to help you with all kinds of questions, will have tips on everything from feeding to medical questions. They are a great resource and a huge help especially to first time parents.
3/20/2010 9:07:10 PM
Carol Bjork United States
Carol Bjork
I have 2 adult children, and 2 grandchildren. One thing I did when my girls were little, was to lay my hand on their heads, once they were sleeping, and ask God to keep a spirit of rebellion far from them.  I thought that if they didn't rebel against God, they wouldn't rebel against me.  My children weren't perfect, but they didn't rebel as they got older, and they are wonderful,young
Christian women.
3/20/2010 9:09:00 PM
Craig United States
Craig
I am the father of four wonderful children.  Each one unique and each has taught me more about our Father in heaven.  My oldest has a learning delay, from him I have learned everything in God's time, not man's.  My oldest daughter is much like me, Video games and all, from her I learned what I do matters not just for today, but everyday.  My youngest son is a little boy to his core, from him I have learned smile and be joyful in all things.  My youngest daughter is quite and slow to speak, she taught me to listen carefully.  So I guess my advice be willing to be taught by your children as much as they will learn from you.
3/20/2010 9:15:04 PM
Tim O'Hearn United States
Tim O'Hearn
The best prescription I was given after my first child was born came at his first check-up. The doctor pull out his scrip pad and wrote "Find a babysitter and take a night out by yourself." From the beginning we learned that it was OK to leave our son in someone else's hands on occasion. And we leave him in God's hands at all times.
3/20/2010 9:16:55 PM
Peg Mason United States
Peg Mason
There are a lot of books out there on parenting.  Read the most important one - The Bible!

Don't count (i.e. I'll count to 5...)!  You never know when you need them to obey immediately (car coming, etc.).  They learn how to count very early.  Teach them to obey immediately - they'll thank you for it later.

Don't wish their lives away.  Enjoy each step.  Time goes by too quickly.
3/20/2010 9:17:28 PM
Kristine United States
Kristine
After having 3 kids I realized you can never have enough baby wipes.  Keep them in the house, diaper bag and every car you own.  They're great for the big messes little ones make.
3/20/2010 9:19:22 PM
BRW United States
BRW
hang on when you think you've had enough, and give more when you wanna give up.
3/20/2010 9:22:56 PM
patricia United States
patricia
Love them, hold them, and never forget to ask for their foregiveness when you have wronged them.
3/20/2010 9:23:34 PM
Chrystina Bright United States
Chrystina Bright
I would just say love that little baby with everything you have. My husband and I we have a little girl and she just turned two and she is just spunky and everyone would tell me timme flies but i thought no way.... But it does cherrish every moment, and let your heart lead you thats what we have done and so far so good!!!!! Best of luck!! And God bless You
3/20/2010 9:23:34 PM
Erin United States
Erin
I agree 110% with Brandon (posted at 9:55 this morning)!  We have to be a part of our child's world, as well as gradually bringing him/her to be part of our larger world.
  One thing I learned from raising three boys, was not to answer their requests with "No" as a default answer, just because I wasn't sure of how to fit it into my schedule (or their friend's family schedule), but to say, "Yes, let's see if we can make it happen" or "Yes, I can do that with you after dinner, for sure."  and then be sure to act on it.  
   The incredible mutual trust, love and respect this builds is more valuable than almost anything on earth.  And keep putting them in God's hands, and trusting Him!
3/20/2010 9:30:06 PM
Cynthia United States
Cynthia
Decide now how you will discipline TOGETHER.Listen to each others advice instead of thinking your way is the only way.My husband and I are very different when it comes to disciplinig the kids.I will agree the need for them to  be punished (for whatever the crime was at that time) but i am never right on what to do according to my husband. By Gods Grace we are still together.LOL
3/20/2010 9:33:16 PM
Sharon United States
Sharon
Just a little parenting advise: I think it is important for mom and dad to take time for each other, and as baby grows she will see the love her parents have for each other. Staying strong together is important, keeping the foundation strong will make her strong. Enjoy her.
3/20/2010 9:34:03 PM
Mickey United States
Mickey
By the grace of God, I have raised two wonderful children.  My best advice is to make sure that your children always know that you love them no matter what!!  You will make mistakes as a parent---don't beat yourself up over them.  Learn from them and move on.  But through it all, your children need to know that they are loved.    P.S. If your child does not hate you at some point, you're probably doing something wrong!! Smile
3/20/2010 9:38:18 PM
alysia jean United States
alysia jean
train up a child in the way he should go, and walk that way yourself once in a while...
me and my husband have always taught our kids to live right according to the bible.and we have tried to be examples to the best of our ability. love is not a feeling, it's an action! if you love GOD, you will show it through your actions! and when our son was in bootcamp, he wrote to his dad, thanking him for the example he was to our family!! that mean't SO MUCH TO US!!
3/20/2010 9:38:40 PM
Tori Jackson United States
Tori Jackson
I am not a parent, but I am a daughter.  This weekend I went to my cousin, Bradley's fiance, Taylor's bridal shower and my aunt said the most beautiful thing ever.  She said, "I have never told anyone this, not even Bradley but when he was born their pastor told them that even though he is young now, one day he will be a young man and he will meet a beautiful girl. The pastor told us to pray for the girl that will one day become Bradley's wife. So Taylor, even though we've only known you for five years, I've been praying for you and your family since that very day.  I'm glad that God has answered our prayers, because you are exactly what our family needs.  I Love You!"  I think that that is the answer, PRAYER.  You and your child may not be in the same situation, but just pray that God will lead you to raise your child right and that they have a wonderful future.  No matter what God always hears prayers!  God Bless you and your family!
3/20/2010 9:40:21 PM
Joyce United States
Joyce
Pick your fights.  Always.  Stop and think, is this really this important?  Then love them to piecesSmile  
3/20/2010 9:40:47 PM
Kent Bevers United States
Kent Bevers
Try to see the world through the eyes of your children, especially when they are very young. Please read below:

The Eyes of a Child

I see an ugly weed,
she sees a pretty flower.
I stayed at home sick.
He’s happy ‘cause daddy’s home.
Coloring with her is just one more thing to do.
She begins to glow when she colors with me.
I’m too tired to play another game.
Playing another game with me makes his day.
Does she have to bring me another wrapped present?
She gives her heart in the presents she wraps.
“I’m going in now, got stuff to do.”
“Daddy, don’t go in yet, we’ve only just begun.”
I want to sit alone, my feet upon the stool.
Sitting with me makes her feel warm and safe.
Do I have to watch him play in the bath again?
Every moment counts by the beat of his heart.
I need some down time, some time to rest.
She needs a goodnight kiss and a prayer with me.
Can I go to bed yet? - I have to work tomorrow.
It’s daddy’s turn to read him a book, sing him to sleep.
Laying down at days end, I close my eyes for sleep.
Closing their eyes for sleep,
they dream only of more daddy time tomorrow.
©K. Edward Bevers

Feel free to share.
3/20/2010 9:46:22 PM
Cindy United States
Cindy
When you have a strong willed child.  The best thing to do is leave them alone in the room and you leave to go do something else.  I went through this with my son when from age 2 to age 5. I started leaving him alone and I would go into our bedroom.  When he turned 5 he was like a new child. They will try you and see how much they can get away with at the beginning.  Just stay firm, love them and let them know you will always be there.  He is 16 now and I couldn't ask for a better child.
3/20/2010 9:47:20 PM
Colleen United States
Colleen
I have been blessed with 9 precious children, rangeing from 21 down to 5. My best advice is for the middle of the night.  When you are totally exhausted, sleep deprived and your baby keeps crying or won't go to sleep, hold your child and talk to them as if you are holding the baby Jesus.  Not only has my gentle voice calmed the child but it changes me also.  God will give you special graces to care for your child at the moment you need it most.  God bless you!
3/20/2010 9:52:40 PM
Judd & Kristen Latham United States
Judd & Kristen Latham
Best Parenting Tip? One is tough when there are so many!!

Patience is a virtue...but once you have a child, patience is a MUST!!  You're child will grow & develop at her own rate, hit milestones at her own rate (and everything in between) so be persistent in your teaching & loving, but be patient, it will happen naturally. You'll be less stressed & overwhelmed come time to celebrate the moments!
And never forget...one of the best GIFTS you can give your child is to love your spouse. Husband & Wife came before Mommy & Daddy.
3/20/2010 9:57:18 PM
Debra DaSilva United States
Debra DaSilva
I have a 15 yr old daughter and 11 and 9 yr old sons.  My advice is to cherish EVERY moment (even the sleepless nights) because it goes by way too fast.  The difficult times are only for a season as my pastor's wife once told me.  It is so true.  God Bless you and your new little baby.
3/20/2010 9:57:49 PM
Beth Pritchard United States
Beth Pritchard
I am a mother of two very young children.  My oldest was a very unhappy baby.  She cried all the time and I could not comfort her.  I often would put in her crib when she was crying uncontrollably (her safe place) and close her door.  Then I would go into my bathroom, turn on my favorite praise and worship CD REALLY LOUD (which quite often was MWS "The Stand" CD) and let God's glory and grace fill me and give me the confidence to take care of my crying child.  I would pray and ask God to guide me as a parent.  
That small moment of time was a time for me and God to connect and let Him guide me.
3/20/2010 10:01:50 PM
Kandice United States
Kandice
well, im not a parent myself but I have always thought about what i would do when i do have kids, and the Lord just layed it on my heart to just let him raise them!!Just give them to him and he will take care of the rest...and to know that God will raise my children is the best peace and/or relief I could ever have, especially in this world today!! God Bless and congratulations!!
3/20/2010 10:07:55 PM
Debbi United States
Debbi
Pray over your childern, pray about their future friends, spouses, relationships including a personal relationship w/God.  Never pray for more patients!  Be open book with them let them know your not perfect and you don't have all the answers.  Listen to them.  Don't be afraid of punishing them. Guide them and teach them God's ways.  Read Bible stories to them. Tell the about your relationship with the Lord. Most importantly LOVE them.  Remember they are only loaned to us and eventually God asks for them back.

Prayerfully Yours
Debbi
Metolius Oregon
3/20/2010 10:15:07 PM
stephen o'neill United States
stephen o'neill
where to begin...don't wait for special occasions, milestones to take pics and video.  I used to get video of my oldest (now 12) singing the veggie tales theme (he denies this)...you grow and develop as a parent along w/ your child's development.  You learn their personality and will find that you possess an incredible ability to adapt accordingly.  I have three (two via adoption) and it's a great ride (95% of the time)
3/20/2010 10:20:51 PM
DeeDee LaChance United States
DeeDee LaChance
Let your yes be yes and your no, no!  And never make a promise that you cannot keep.  If your children cannot trust you then they will learn to not trust any adults!  That includes God/Jesus.
3/20/2010 10:31:16 PM
Tammy Tucker United States
Tammy Tucker
A few sanity savers for me - advice given to do everything you would normally and not tip-toe or talk softly. Vacuum, do the dishes, talk on the phone, talk to the family (this way the little one can sleep through anything and not jump if there is any tiny bit of noise)

Also - babies do not need to have a pacifier (which is great because they always seem to get lost or fall on the floor and the dog gets it covered in fur) - this also seems to keep them from having to pop their thumbs in when it is time to give up the pacifier (great for saving on orthodontia repair later on.

Enjoy all of the blessings you are going to have.
3/20/2010 10:36:52 PM
Joe New Zealand
Joe
My daughter is 16 and a real joy, but so independent. She sat texting her friends and I was talking to her at the same time. I thought she was not listening which started to aggravate me a bit. So I said to her she should stop texting, listen and acknowledge me. She told me she was listening and repeated everything I had just said. I told her one day when she has kids and the same thing happens to her I will laugh and see how she handles it. She told me  she would say
"That's fine my dear, because when I was your age I did the same thing to my dad, so I understand".  
Lets wait and see.
3/20/2010 10:50:15 PM
Patty Zielieke United States
Patty Zielieke
What I'm seeing in this generation of new parents is that the children are in charge, not the parents.  So my advice is to never let that happen. Children want to know you love them by being in charge, they will respect you your whole life for giving them guidance, and helping them respect people in authority.
3/20/2010 10:51:42 PM
Donna United States
Donna
First thing to remember....babies can't fall off the floor!!
Second thing I advise....do not start a habit you will have to break later down the road.
Third thing.....always talk to your children.....my mother was a "because I said so" type...I explained and gave reasons for my decisions (I was a single Mom).....my adult sons are now both very kind gentle souls who listen and think before reacting (one son is a U.S. Marine, the other an EVT and fireman)

And lastly...smile and laugh alot...kids are hysterical......

Good luck !
3/20/2010 11:03:17 PM
Ben Coon United States
Ben Coon
I may only be 13 but i know god has a special gift for all his children

Parents hate being compared to another parent.
So don't compare your child with another child.

Every child was made by God for a purpose. By
comparing your child you are telling them to
be less like themselves the way they were made
by God. Also pray pray pray for your child
3/20/2010 11:07:18 PM
Alex United States
Alex
1. Teach them to love with all of their heart.
2. Be strict, but don't be "over controlling". Being over controlling will get you nowhere.
3. Help them learn and be open. Don't lie to them, even about the smallest thing.
4. Show them the path to God and as they grow in his love, so will your family bond and love for each other.
5. Parents....relax. Every other week or once a month go out just you two. Leave the baby with a babysitter, or grandparents.
3/20/2010 11:14:09 PM
Jasmine United States
Jasmine
When your child shares something that is happening in their life, don't gasp or react in a big way. If you do, they will talk to their friends instead of you...and you don't what that to happen. Make sure that they are fully assured that you are the most trustworthy person to go to.
3/20/2010 11:28:54 PM
Ben Coon United States
Ben Coon
1. spoil your kids with real love not with gifts
2. talk with your child before punishing them
tell them this is because of love
3. make your home a place the holy spirit
can dwell
4. read the bible to them
5. set money in the bank now for college $$
6. help your child be active
7. be strict with love
8. avoid the question " Where do babies come
from"
9. Be faithful in the holy spirt
10. praise your child when they do something
for God or another
11. be yourself!!
3/21/2010 12:32:54 AM
Cindy United States
Cindy
Play with your baby during the day, even waking him up from time to time if necessary, so that he'll sleep through the night better.  Seems mean with the first one, but I learned how to get my baby's clock on track pretty quickly by the time I had my fourth!

Don't bring your baby to bed with you.  It's a temptation for a tired mama...  He needs to learn to feel safe in his own bed. He needs to understand that you'll come and get him when he needs you.  And, parents should keep the marriage bed sacred.  Hard to do sometimes, but otherwise babies feel insecure unless they have someone sleeping with them.  I know many parents who fell into that trap.  And occasionally, a baby is smothered by sleeping parents.  Yikes.

Let your child know in multiple ways that he is fiercely loved - by you and by God!  You all will be blessed.

In Him,

Cindy

3/21/2010 12:36:36 AM
Valeria United States
Valeria
Hi just letting you know that not every thing you do is going to be perfect and no matter how hard you try they get boo-boos it is part of growing up when my daughters were young i would pray for god to give me the pain of thier bumps and bruises but just like us they have to grow and learn so just remember they are tough and you will pray more than you ever thought possible.
3/21/2010 5:48:13 AM
Kim Ham United States
Kim Ham
Practical advice: Don't try to make the whole house quiet when you lay them down for their nap. When they get used to the noise, they can sleep through a typhoon, or a MercyMe concert like my friend's child two weeks ago.
Mental advice: Don't expect to be the perfect parent. We all make mistakes and allowing your child to see how you handle those mistakes helps them when they have their own mistakes.
Romantic advice: Make time for each other. The best gift a parent can give their child is to show them how to love.
Spiritual advice: Give them to the Lord. Pray for them consistently and for the spouse that will come into their lives one day.
3/21/2010 5:52:39 AM
Lori United States
Lori
Hey Guys,

Just wanted to let you know that Smitty is not a first time grandpa.  His son, Ryan and his wife Patty have 2 kids.  ALSO, Smith Elisha Mooring is a boy, not a girl : )

ADVICE:  Love without abandon!!
3/21/2010 5:53:04 AM
Naomi Barela United States
Naomi Barela
Children are truly a Blessing from God, I am a 23 yr old mother of 5 little Blessings. I just want to say Cherish every waking (and sleeping) moments with them, they grown so fast!! Love them unconditionally for they are our future!! Children truly do change us, for as the old person is gone and you are now given a life from God to protect and nuture!! God Bless, Naomi Barela
3/21/2010 7:47:04 AM
Glenna United States
Glenna
Remember to :
1. Say I love you every chance you get.
2. Say I am proud of you.
3. Ask them to do things don't tell.
4. Always say Thank you and Please.
3/21/2010 9:11:43 AM
Denis Silber United States
Denis Silber
Once you have children, it can become difficult to find time to just sit together with your spouse and connect.  Typically when parents bring their baby to church he or she is placed between them on the pew. My advice to you is sit next to your spouse and place the baby to the left or right of you but not between. This will not only allow you to be close, but will give you an opportunity to touch.  You'll be glad you did.
3/21/2010 12:55:57 PM
Autumn Foster United States
Autumn Foster
Love them,.. Play with them,...Listen to them,...Give them back to God on a daily basis,.. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS ask the Lord for His wisdom and guidance in parenting your children.  "Train up your child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." As long as you're asking, God will let you know what He wants you to do.
3/21/2010 5:06:35 PM
Vicki United States
Vicki
Being a parent of now adult children I have noticed that all of my kids are great problem solvers which is a huge life skill. When we talked about it.. they told me it was because:
1 - I rarely gave answers but would probe with more questions so that they would think through options and consequences.
2 - I constantly brought another side to a situation. What about? Maybe that person is feeling or seeing it this way?
They laugh at the idea that I even made them tell me colors of houses they drove past when they were learning to drive because I said you needed to aware of everything around you... you never knew when someone would walk out between cars or kids playing in a yard and would suddenly chase a ball. God is in control - not in a box and we need to be more open to God's leading and listening to him and others around us.
3/22/2010 12:22:41 AM
Becky United States
Becky
My advice to you is to not always listen to someone's advice.  Pray about it and think it through before you act on it.  We've had some of the worst advice from teachers and family and wonderful advice from a little old man we hardly knew.  And then forgive yourselves if things don't turn out perfectly.  God's lessons aren't always pretty but his love for you and your family is.  Congratulations on your little blessing!
3/22/2010 12:57:48 AM
Scott Pusey United States
Scott Pusey
Be consistent and follow thru... If you tell a child not to do something then make sure you follow through with what you tell them. Never tell them something and then let them get away with it because your tired of telling them. With this said always be sure that you are willing to follow through with what you tell a child. This goes with punishment and reward. There was one time that I told me son that he would get punished if he didn't do what i asked him to and in the end it shouldn't have been a punishable offense but i had to because that was what i told him. But i felt really bad about it. As i also said be sure to do this with rewards too! If you tell your child that you are going to reward them with something then you better do it! Be consistent. And lastly, be blessed! Children are truly a blessing!
3/22/2010 3:50:43 AM
Deb United States
Deb
Whenever there was an argument, I always said I didn't want to hear about it.  When our daughter was in high school, she said that I never listen.  I started that day.  Don't wait.  Listen to what they have to say to you from the day they start talking.
3/22/2010 4:43:40 AM
Amy Jajliardo United States
Amy Jajliardo
Remember always that children are a gift to you and to each other.  We homeschool, so I (Mom) am with the kids a LOT and sometimes when we're having a rough day, we stop and I remind them all that God has given each one of them specifically to this family.  He picked them to be brothers and sisters for each other.  He made each one very special and precious to this family.  Sometimes at night, after one of these days, I sit with God and He reminds me that the things I'm struggling with (personalities) have the potential to be a great blessing to someone someday.  
3/22/2010 4:54:26 AM
katie v. United States
katie v.
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3/22/2010 5:18:58 AM
Krisha Hunt United States
Krisha Hunt
The best form of parental advice that I can give you is to take time out each day for your child. No matter how busy you think you are, anything that you are working on will be there later. When you come in from work take the next 2 hours or so and sit down and play, read, and love on your baby. There is no substitute for quality time spent. No gift that you give them will ever match the time that they have with you. When you spend time with them it makes them feel even more special than what they are to you. And it also will open them up to you as they get older, instead of them "clamming up". Keep the lines of communication open and everything will work out... God's blessings be upon your family... Oh and remember keep God first and the rest will fall into place... Trust in Him to see you through and there will be nothing that He doesnt want to happen, that will happen...
3/22/2010 5:31:14 AM
Todd United States
Todd
I have a 19 year-old daughter and a 17 year-old son.    Several things from our experience as parents:
1) Rock them to sleep as long as you can. There is little as rewarding when they are infants than to have them fall asleep in your arms. Yes, in the short run this can take some extra effort, time, and sleep, but once it stops, you will never do it again. It is a small sacrifice but a joy you will never forget.
2) Take lots of pictures and videos. When they are older you will both enjoy watching/viewing them together.  Funny things they say and do will become key family treasures and moments you will recall with just one or two words many years later.
3) As Christian parents, over-protect them. Let them be children and maintain their innocence for as long as possible. Don't expose them to the garbage of this world before they can emotionally and intellectually handle it. They need and deserve the joy of being a child. When people say "You are over-protecting them.", just smile and say "Absolutely!".
4) "Quality Time" = Quantity Time.  There is no substitute for time spent with your child. They need and want that. Lost time is something you can never recover. Make them a priority over your personal interests, hobbies, and things that can be done when they go to bed.  All too soon they will be older and gone. They also need that to see you model your faith, your marriage, and to teach them the truths they need to know.
5) Share the truth of Jesus early and often. Children can understand earlier than we often think, and nothing is more rewarding than having your child make a commitment to Christ early in their life. Remember, your family is your first and most important mission field.

Love them with everything you have.  Blessings!  
3/22/2010 5:36:51 AM
lisa amie United States
lisa amie
It's your baby.  It's your decision.  Don't listen to your mother-in-law when she tells you that you should (or shouldn't) do what you feel is right.  If you want to breast-feed (best for the baby and mom) or don't ("just find it icky", says my sister), then do what you feel.  If you go back to work to support your family, great.  If you want (and can) stay home to be with your child, great.  Ultimately, it's your life, your baby and your instincts.  You love your baby and will make the right decision.  Trust that God won't let you screw up!!
3/23/2010 2:45:22 PM
Rhonda United States
Rhonda
Just picture yourself being dropped into a foreign country - you are unable to speak the language, you do not know the customs, everything and everyone is strange - now picture your baby, who has been dropped into a foreign world - EVERY-little-THING is new.  Now remember to always look at the world through their eyes and see what they are seeing and how they are seeing it.  Help them to learn through their eyes, not yours.
3/24/2010 3:08:54 PM
Cecily Paiz United States
Cecily Paiz
Hello from Georgetown, Texas! My daughter Cree is two now and she has taught me many things believe it or not. Usually when a child is playing alone and are very quiet, they most likely are up to something, LOL. And the boo-boo lip is only to make you cave, but dont. Keeping a schedule at night time for me helps me put her in bed without that much of a fight. I read her a book that my mom used to read to me called The Goodnight Book. It kinda shows the kids a routine to follow in the fun of reading a book. The one thing I make sure I do with her is to pray with her before she goes to bed... she holds out her hand to mine and we pray for a good day tomorrow and for safe and happy dreams. Every kid is different. Good luck and God Bless. DON'T LOSE FAITH IN YOURSELF!!!
3/27/2010 3:30:06 AM
Essex Wedding Photographer United Kingdom
Essex Wedding Photographer
Im so happy, I ive got to get everything perfect for my wedding, its coming up very soon
3/27/2010 2:59:26 PM
Jim Simpkins United States
Jim Simpkins
My advice is to hold your new baby as much as possible in the beginning. Then coach, teach sunday school, and volunteer in the schools as much as possible. Then your children and their friends will never mind when you are around. You will be just the fly on the wall that  makes you able to see your children and friends grow in all their environments . It helps slow just how fast they grow up. Oh and keep the grandparents very close! I have a grandson now 8 months old what a blessing. Congratulations Jack to you and your family. Teach then how to play and sing unto the Lord!
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