Embrace Who Your Children Are

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The night before I had my oldest child, my pastor came to the hospital to pray over us and said something to me I will never forget.  He explained that babies were gifts from the Lord and although we physically have them and take care of them, they always belong to Him.  We all belong to the Lord because we were all created by God.  God entrusted our parents to raise us, just as He has entrusted us to raise our children today.

Somewhere along the way of parenting, many of us lose track of this concept.  We forget to praise God for the blessings He entrusted us with.  And worse, sometimes our love goes so far that we want to control everything our children do.  We want our children to play a particular sport or dance or get into a certain club at school.  We have the perfect image in our heads of who our children should date or even marry.  We want them to go to a certain school or study a certain major.

Nothing is wrong with wanting the best for our children.  We all want to give our children what we didn’t have growing up.  The key here is addressing what your child wants, and not what you want for them.  Obviously, this is not going to apply to very young children because those early years are the formative years where they learn to love, have faith, and are disciplined in the morals and beliefs parents give to them.

Encourage and embrace who your children are. They will thank you for it one day!

Embrace Who Your Children Are

Talk to your children.  You are the one who taught them to walk, to talk, the right foods to eat, how to go potty, how to have faith, how to be a good person, and how to try to make the best decisions.  It is now your turn as a parent to have faith that you have taught them everything you know, and at some point when they are ready to venture out into the world as adults they will remember what you taught them.  There are going to be some bumps and bruises along the way but that’s when you can really shine as a parent.  Help them to know everything is going to be okay, even when the two of you don’t agree with one another.  It’s important for your child to know that you have their best interest at heart.  Talking with your child helps you understand him or her better and what it is they are pursuing.  Ask questions; let them know you want to be involved and be supportive.

When was the last time you asked your child what they wanted to do?  Be encouraging and let them know how much you love them.  Congratulate them on all of their efforts.  That is the best feeling when someone notices how hard you have been working.  Most importantly, thank and praise God for trusting you with these blessings, whether they be newborns or adult children with newborns of their own.

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My name is Kelly and I am a child of God and married to my high school sweetheart. I am a second year Homeschool Momma to two wonderful little boys. I like to document our activities that we do weekly. Most of the information I find is from preschool to first grade level. I also like to write inspirational articles that encourage people about the Lord, marriage, family, homeschool, home, recipes, and crafts.

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  1. says

    I really like this post – so so true. I have just had a baby boy 6 weeks ago and I will certainly try my very best to remember this advice. Thank you for sharing :)

    • says

      Thanks Joanne, for commenting and congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Embrace your little boy and let him know how much you love him :)

  2. says

    All my boys have different love languages and spiritual gifts – and sometimes those languages and shifts change. Seeing them how God sees them has helped me through child-raising challenges. What you say is so true – we need to ask God to open our eyes to who He created our children to be – and to love them unconditionally as they sometimes struggle to be that person! What wise words your pastor gave you at such an important time!

    • says

      Hi bluecottonmemory and thank you for commenting. I very much appreciate my pastor for those words. It has really helped me to know that we are here to guide our children in the avenue God has given to them, and not the path we think is best for them. I went to a homeschool conference last year and one of the speakers compared children to the puppies with the big paws and how those puppies struggle with balance and trip over themselves. It is when they grow into those big paws, that you see the difference and how strong they stand. I am a visual learner and that has helped me on some days also is to see my children with their gifts and not knowing how to use them yet. The best thing we can do as parents is to try to show them how to stand and guide them in the direction of their each unique gifts.

  3. says

    This is exactly what I needed to read today after having a difficult day with my oldest.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    • says

      Hi Jill! Glad that you enjoyed the post. We all have difficult days with our children but in those moments, I try to calm myself and embrace them just for who they are. In a blink of an eye I know they will be grown so enjoy those difficult moments as well as the joyful ones! Thanks for allowing me to post on Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop and have a great week :)

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