Essential Parenting: Knowing our Children….

The topic of knowing our children came up today.  I have been amazed when discussing some  issue a child has to upon asking “What does your child think is the problem.” that parents often don’t ask what their children are thinking or feeling.  I am often surprised to find out on accident what I don’t know about particular child!

Following are a few somewhat random thoughts on the topic…..I hope they start bringing things into focus!

“Time and attention are what’s needed to reach our children’s hearts. Not extra money, not every Bible study known to man, not youth group, or travel sports, or a well-rounded education. To reach our children’s hearts we have to really know who they are…………

“f I really wanted to raise godly men, it was going to take a lot of my time.”

Brooke McGlothlin- MOB Society article

Duet 11: 9 “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

At some point, I taped Titus 2:3-4 on the fridge door to read each time I opened it.  After some time of rereading it, there was an amazing, joyous revelation.  The Scripture says that older women are to “train the younger women to love their husbands and children”  Titus 2:4.  They are to train or teach the younger women to love their husbands and children!  If it could be taught, it could be learned!

“Loving our husbands and children properly was not something that was innate, or that some women were born knowing while others just had to fail.  It was a skill, and ability that could actually be learned like reading!  What a blessed relief.  Now, I could get on the road to learning.” Introduction to Learning to Love  Children ( publication pending)  M. Stam

(Knowing our children entails  a ) process of praying, watching, and listening…  Baffled?  Ask the Father!  He knows how they are put together!…..Learning to Love Children  M. Stam