I grew up in a house with all women. My parents divorced while I was in elementary school, and even if they hadn’t my dad was outnumbered 5 to 1. I always tell people, “I spent the first half of my life living with all women, and I’m finishing it off with all men.” Then, as life would have it, I gave birth to my fourth (and final) child; a sweet baby girl. God really knows how to challenge me, and what better way than to put me in charge of rearing a group of wild and crazy, sweet-hearted, busy-bodied, God-fearing children.
I think it goes without saying that, like most couples, my husband and I differ in our parenting styles. He prefers the “don’t raise my kids to be no punk,” approach, while I have a tendency to hug and kiss them in an effort to comfort them after they’ve been scolded by daddy. Needless to say we’ve got a lot of work to do in this area of our relationship. One thing we do agree on is that we want to raise intelligent, God-fearing children who understand their responsibilities and take it upon themselves to handle the things they are meant to handle. Right now those things are small: keeping their rooms clean, picking up after themselves, doing homework, brushing teeth (which is WAY more of a burden to them than it should be), small stuff. But, as they grow older their responsibilities will change and become of a much greater importance; we want them to understand the importance of these things and not wait for anyone to prompt them to get things done.
God, Love & Family will not only approach the marriage aspect of family, but the parenting aspect as well. Once you begin having children, a huge chunk of your relationship with your spouse gets tied up in the web of parenthood. I don’t know about you, but for me it almost seemed as though our children were the sun and everything else was just floating around them. Every decision, from what to eat for dinner to where to take a mini-vacay, was centered on our children. They play a huge part in who and how we are today because we know that we are the biggest example of what a “model citizen” looks like in their lives.
So, as we continue, check out the family and parenting categories for more insight on how God wants to help you and your spouse come together and be the parents that he needs you to be to your beautiful children.
~My heart to yours