Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ah-hah moment!

I have found myself looking for advice often on how to parent one particular child of mine that is difficult to parent. I've bought lots of books and delved into them full force. Yet I am not one who enjoys reading because I am such a slow reader (probably because of eye problems!) and I HATE sitting still for that long cuz if I sit still, I fall asleep and I DON'T HAVE TIME TO FALL ASLEEP! Anyway, in my efforts to figure out a plan that will work for my son I have more recently purchased audiobooks and listened to them on my ipod while cleaning etc. This worked really well and this morning I found myself online looking for more of the same!

But then it occurred to me, later this morning, that I was going about this all in the wrong way. I have been looking for advice in all the wrong places! While these sources have been very very helpful, I have forgotten the most important source. The Lord.

In the past, Dave and I have made it a habit to "take inventory" with our kids. What does each one of them need? What does each one of them want? What can we do differently and what are we doing right?

It's been a while since we've done it.

I've turned to my Heavenly Father for help with parenting often, but usually when things are in crisis mode. Why should I wait for them to get there? Things are actually going really well with the kids lately, but that doesn't mean they will stay that way! Why not ask their Maker for His opinion on how to parent them?

I don't think I am done with parenting books. But I DO think I'll turn to another source for His opinion on which ones to buy and on other resources to use. And I'm pretty sure He can help me when I'm in the trenches of parenting and I can't remember a thing those books said!

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts Val! I agree that we need to turn to the Lord for our parenting. Thank you for the encouragement to do so myself. Sometimes I forget that I don't have to do it on my own.