I took my third-grade daughter and her friends swimming yesterday. It was probably the last time they got to go swimming this season. The water is turning cooler.
As I watched them play in the water, I noticed another young family, playing with their toddler. It reminded me of the first time we introduced my daughter to a swimming pool. She hated it. But she has grown since them and has turned into quite the swimmer.
After their playing session, the girls stretched out on the pool chairs to sun themselves. After about ten minutes one of girls told the others, “It’s time to turn over!” Is she really growing up that fast? She’s already concerned about a tan?
As we left the pool area, with inner tubes in my arms, all I could do is remark to the other mother, “The time goes by so fast.”
I can’t stop the clock. I really don’t want to. But as a mom, I must make sure I am teaching my daughter all the life lessons she needs to know, when it is appropriate for her to know them. How do I know when that is? I don’t have all the answers, but I can be pro-active.
First, I must be a good example to my daughter. Children learn by watching their parents.
Second, I can keep up with what is going on in the schools, and know what my child is being exposed to. I can know what type of friends she has. Only then can I help her grow in an understanding of the world she lives in. I can answer her questions in an age-appropriate manner.
Finally, God will help. I can raise my child with Biblical values. This is a commandment passed down from the Israelites:
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Ultimately, it’s the lifestyle I live that will be the most influence on my daughter. I choose a godly one.
Blessings on your day.
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