Raising Children

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:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 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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7 thoughts on “Raising Children

  1. Dear sis.
    This post is a great lesson for me when I have children someday. Thank you for write this,sis. It wil be useful for me when I become a mother later. I really love your statement : “it’s the lifestyle I live that will be the most influence on my daughter. I choose a godly one.” thank you so much,sis. Blessing to you.

  2. Such an important message for parents and all of us who have children in our lives. Thank you for helping us realize how intentional our lives need to be for the sake of those dear ones. God bless you!

  3. A lot is going on these days of peer pressure, lack of respect, and just no respect for authority for adults from children thru adolescents. My prayers daily for you and your hubby as parents, it’s not easy these days dear friend. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6, Also, Ephesians 6:4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” This is how God said it. You are a god-fearing woman and your children will be fine in this course of life. We will only be able to protect them so much, but they know where the love is and where it comes from….that’s more than half the battle. I have raised four successful sons now 39, 37, 35, and 27 and help raised 2 step- daughters 29 and 30. Now with 14 grandchildren to boot! So, the same God who helped me with much supplication and prayers….is the same today! God bless you and yours dear Julie!

      • Yes He is! Many a night a slept with my bible on my chest reading to be a good single mom, nurse, and then wife again. God is an again again again God! He of all knows the pressures in which we are tried daily! Glad he had my hand all those years of child raising too! Thanks for letting me share!

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