The ABC’s of parenting MY Style!

Written February 2015

Attitude- look at yours first it just may improve your child’s.

Believe- believe in your ability to parent. You were chosen!

Consistency- Choices -and Consequences – make sure you practice all three regularly. Especially to that strong willed child.

Determination- don’t take your job lightly. Parent with your eyes fixed heavenly!

Energy- make sure you have it no matter how you get it. You’ll need it!  (I love my coffee)

Faith- there will be plenty of moments you’ll live by FAITH alone!

Guilt- don’t hold on to it.  When you can’t “hold it back any more” learn to…”let it go!”

Hurdles– you’ll face them. Run fast and jump high! (no really, lay on the ground, face first and Pray!!)

Instincts– you’ve been given these for a reason. So, trust them.

Joy- remember joy always comes in the morning. Especially after that manic Monday!

Kayleigh- did you know I have a granddaughter? Someday you’ll be a grandparent too! Don’t think that far ahead! Live in the moment with your child! They grow up too fast. Time is precious!

Love- the greatest of all. It needs to be said and shown often! Be creative with how you express it!

Morals- clearly define them!  Proverbs 22:6  “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Organization- have a list for everything! But don’t stress if it takes all week or all month to accomplish. It’s even ok to throw one away!

Popular- your decisions don’t need to be, and their friends don’t need to think you are! You are the parent first!

Quiet- find moments of this often, even if you have to lock yourself in the closet!

Rest- however you can get it, make it your best friend!

Silliness- laugh often! With your child and at yourself! Find times to bring out the silly card!

Tantrum- well, maybe you should never have these…but count to ten and leave the room if you think your going too!

Understanding- try…I repeat, pretty please try to understand their point!  You don’t have to agree with it, It can be dead wrong, but it matters to them that you try to understand them.

Victory- celebrate the small ones they’re just as important.

Worship- teach them to praise! Sing, read your bible, listen to uplifting music. Show them you know how to worship! 

X-rated- stay away from anything you wouldn’t say, do, watch or read in front of them. You are their rating scale!

You- be YOU! God created you uniquely and entrusted you with your “little you”. So trust his perfect plan and shine on!

Zebra- don’t you just love zebra’s?  That’s Z end! 

Everyone’s parenting style is different. Just enjoy every moment and seek God first in all situations. Make sure you and your partner our on the same page with parenting. It takes work. Its the best and most rewarding job you’ll ever be given. Do it with excellence!

I’m cheering for you!