I find myself reading lots of articles and tuning into discussions about kids and families. When I read or hear something that resonates with me I'll tuck it away as fodder for possible song ideas or future podcast episodes on the Roots and Wings Podcast. This morning I was going through some old file folders and found some notes I jotted down from a radio show discussion panel on parenting. I honestly don't remember the name of the radio show or source but I thought they were important enough to write down at the time and rediscovering them today I think they might be worth sharing with other parents out there.
Ephesians 6:4 encourages us with this thought: "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Another translation says, "do not provoke your children to anger". Seems like a no brainer doesn't it ? And yet I know in my adventures in parenting I've been guilty of doing just that. I think that's why I must have taken the time to take these notes when I heard that radio interview. I hope these will be an encouragement to you too. Also stand by because this topic might show up in a future episode on the podcast.
8 Ways to Exasperate Your Kids:
If you're like me, as you read these bullet points you'll begin unpacking each one and considering how they may relate to your parenting style and relationship with your children. Someone once told me "we tend to parent the way we were parented". I think that's true for the most part. What's also true is that our parents were not perfect, in fact some may have been down right bad at it. So it makes sense for us to look out for those things that may creep into our parenting style that we may not even be aware of until it's too late and some damage is done. These eight points have been good ones for me to keep in mind as I've been trying to be a good Dad for my kids. Would love to hear your thoughts and how it's going in your "parenting adventure". Please leave a comment below.
Keep up the good work... and remember, you're a better parent than you think you are.
Cheering you on-