Parenting was never intended to be brain science (did I spell that right). But, if you are like me, at times, I have made it a very complicated job, instead of using my God given common sense.
So, today I thought I would share with you a tool I use on a daily basis that helps me keep parenting simple. Follow me...
Yep, that's it! That little pink sheet of paper is my Parent's Checklist. My mother-in-law gave it to me a number of years ago. This checklist offers me an opportunity to make an impact on my children's lives every time I open the fridge. (And that happens often in my house. That is why I hung it there!) Let me show you why.
Some of the items are easy: I do these everyday
- Read to my child (Proverbs 4:1-4)
- Sing or listen to music with my child (Psalm 8:2)
Some of them, not so much:
- Did not punish my child when I was angry (Psalm 103:8-14)
- Forgave my child immediately (2 Corinthians 2:7-8)
- Modeled only the attributes I want my child to emulate (1 Corinthians 4:16)
The beauty of the list is that it really challenges me on a daily basis to evaluate not my children's actions but my own. And what I found as I started to incorporate these small things into my daily routine was that the parenting comes in the little moments with my children.
So, here is what I am asking you to do, a challenge per say. Print a copy of the Checklist and put it somewhere you frequent often. Start to incorporate the items on the checklist into your day, and see if parenting becomes a little less complicated.
We might have many goals for our children, but in the end, I really want my boys to be godly friends. I've realized that starts with me.