I sat beside my three children at a local coffee shop savoring the moments together. They are becoming very rare that the five of us have some “hang” time. My children are fun and inspiring. I still think I have some things to offer them in their maturing process but now I am more a student of them. Watching them grow is amazing. My wife, and co-laborer in this parenting process, remains my best friend and partner in our role as parents.
Most of my Facebook friends are parents, so I posted a request on my wall for sage advice from them on what parents need to know. I learned from them, hopefully you will find a nugget of insight for yourself too! Here is a selection of their comments.
- His Grace is new every morning.
- How to share their faith with their children.
- No child is perfect, but God’s saving grace is! (BF)
- Pick your battles! Not everything is worth the energy or time to ‘fight’ over!!
- Listen: It gives children, power and trust.
- Read to them, read with them, let them read to you.
- Kids thrive on acceptance, encouragement, AND correction.
- Give them permission to succeed AND permission to fail.
- Bike helmets work.
- Daddies, love your daughters. If she doesn’t find love and acceptance and affection from you, she will one day soon find it from another man.
- It can be cleaned up, it can be replaced, it will heal.
- Words can not be taken back and they will be remembered well. Choose them well.
- There is no greater kindness than when God lets you watch your children become the adults He intended them to be.
- Time together. There is no substitute.
- Disciple them to love and follow Jesus. In the end, that’s all that really matters.
- How to communicate love in a language your child understands. Time, Touch, Gifts, Words of affirmation, Service.
- Having a child is a lifetime commitment. You are in this until death do you part, for better or worse, for richer or poorer. Yes, it sounds like wedding vows, and it should.