Teach

Posted 7 November 2012 by

It’s the end of the day and I’m tired.  And although I likely won’t be able to articulate this in the same way I’d be able to when my mind is fresh first thing in the morning, I just want to touch on something with you.

I had someone text me this morning asking me for parenting advice and it got me thinking about the importance about really taking the time (and energy) to teach your children.

When your children do something wrong, make sure they fully understand what they did wrong, why it was wrong, and how they can avoid making the same mistake twice.  Don’t just discipline.  Discipline while teaching.

Become an active teacher in your child(ren)’s life.  They’re already learning from you whether you like it or not.  So you might as well open your eyes and become aware to what they’re learning and be more intentional in what you’re teaching them.  Take advantage of any and every opportunity to teach them.

I didn’t have any plans to write a post today but this has been on my heart all day.

So, dear mothers, I urge you….take the time to teach your children.  This world is a big and scary place and it’s our jobs to prepare them for it.  Teach them to live a life that

 


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2 Responses to Teach

  1. Charity says:

    Your post reminds me of the best parenting advice I’ve heard (not that I have kids yet…). Many years ago, my mom was commenting on an acquaintance’s parenting style. She explained that the reason this friend had so many problems with her child was her failure to point out WHY he shouldn’t do certain things — i.e., “George, don’t talk in church,” rather than “George, you shouldn’t talk in church because it’s distracting to others and we need to make sure everyone can focus on worship.” She said that there is an infinite number of things a child can do wrong, and unless you explain the principles behind the rules, you’ll spend your entire life enumerating things that should or shouldn’t be done. :)

  2. Joanna says:

    Well said!

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