Like most Christian parents, you probably ask God for help to properly raise your children, here are four ways to make parenting for Christians just a little simpler.
1. Be an example. Most people learn things more effectively when they see an example of how they should act, and children are no exception. It is unrealistic to expect your children to be godly children if you are not a godly parent. Like any relationship, parenting is a two way street, and you get out of it what you put into it. Jesus is our example of how to love others, and it is up to parents to set the best example that they can. If you feel inadequate as a parent, then ask God for wisdom. Not only does He generously give wisdom, but He does so without ridiculing us for asking.
2. Get to know your kids. Your first impulse is probably to exclaim, “I already know my kids!” However many times effective parenting for Christians includes learning how to adapt and adjust even in areas where we don’t think we need help. Just like our fingerprints, every person is different, so it is important that you treat your children like individuals. It doesn’t mean you have to go to drastic lengths just to connect with your children, and it doesn’t mean you have to spoil them, but it just means that you should make a conscious effort to give them the individual attention they need. God never ignores us, so we should not ignore out children. Another aspect of Christian parenting tips advice is to make sure that you don’t play favorites with your children. “For there is no partiality with God.” (Romans 2:11)
3. Control your anger. We always have a tendency to be harder on our families than we are on other people. For this reason is it tempting to lose your cool and get angry with members of your family, especially your children. In Ephesians 4:26, we are reminded of this truth, and “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” This is often difficult because the angrier we are, the more likely we are to lose our temper and say things we will end up regretting in the long run. When you feel yourself getting angry and stressed when you are dealing with your children, the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and say a quick prayer. God will meet you right where you are and help you in your situation.
4. Explain yourself. When God disciplines us, He doesn’t just punish us and expect us to guess our wrong doing. Instead, He tells us how we were wrong, and gives us opportunities to correct our behavior. As a Christian parent, you actually owe it to your children to explain yourself when they do something that disappoints you. This will help them to learn from their mistakes and repeat positive behavior.
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