I’m a mother who believes that there is much more to parenthood than just putting a roof over their heads and feeding our children. Parenthood is a huge responsiblity and how we raise our children will influence them for the rest of their lives- whether we always realize it or not.
Think about it, even the things that a pregnant woman does while carrying her child will affect the unborn baby. Parenthood is nothing to take lightly.
As I woke this morning my children were on my heart, so here are 5 lessons that I feel we should all focus on teaching our children:
1. Serve the Lord. There is nothing more humbling, fulfilling, and rewarding than serving the Lord. I value education, but it is much more important for my children to have a real relationship with the Lord. I know if they stay close to Jesus then everything else will work out. Education, careers, money, and everything else doesn’t come close to the importance of knowing and serving the Lord.
2. Stay focused. Nowadays there are so many distractions! Internet, social media, entertainment, and even people have the ability to distract us from what really matters. I want my children to have the wisdom and strength to be able to stay focused on what’s important to them, understanding that what’s important to them may not be important to the next person. And that’s okay. I don’t want my children to be easily moved, influenced, or persuaded. It is imperative that we teach our children the importance of staying focused.
3. Do the right thing. Our children will be faced with soo many decisions and to help them navigate these decisions, we should instill in them the importance of doing the right thing. If we don’t, then many of their actions willl be self-centered. We should teach them to help others when in need without expecting anything in return, we should teach them to stand up for those who need help, we should teach them to be strong enough to do the right thing when others are doing wrong. One of my favorite scriptures along these lines is: “Trust in the Lord, and do good;” – Psalm 37:4.
4. Work hard. Things in life will not simply be handed to you. We all know how we sometimes have to fight for worthwhile things. We don’t want our kids growing up expecting to receive without working. We don’t want them looking for handouts or for looking for the easiest route. Recently, I read about the importance of raising resilient children. We should teach our children the importance of resilience, perseverance, and working hard.
5. Handle your business! This is a motto in our household. It is so important to teach our children the importance of handling your business. Whether it be chores, homework, or activities, they need to understand priorities and how you have to handle your business first and play later. Life is not always about play and what a shame if we only raise our children emphasizing play. Play always has its proper place and it comes after handling your business.