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Hands up - who feels they have it all together as a parent?
No hands raised?
Phew. I'm NOT the only one who feels like a failure on so many days, and is the ultimate "work in progress"?!?! I regularly notice my flaws, and call out to the Lord for His wisdom, grace and strength.
It's great to also have suggestions - practical ones - from other Mums who know what it's like. Spiritual support is vital, but wisdom from others who are in the fight, right there with ya', is wonderful.
There is a whole list of posts on parenting tips on the Complete Guide for SAHMs. (Look out on Thursday for the topic on "activities to do with children", too!) They cover a multitude of parenting topics, all very practical and helpful.
Today, I am featuring a great post from Katelyn, at "Whats Up Fagans".
Katelyn blogs about raising her children, penny-pinching and faith. I chose her post to share because it's a treasure trove! It's a collection of 138 - yes, ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT - posts that are great for training your children to have good moral, Biblical values. There are links about serving, empathy, gratitude, honesty, kindness, manners, and MANY more topics. It's a mine of information, that you will enjoy reading through, and gleaning information from. It's a veritable rabbit trail from the Complete Guide!
She begins the post by saying...
"A long time ago I started a series on this blog called Instilling Values in Children. The point of this series was to guide parents on their journey of teaching moral values to their kids, which is of more importance than raising academically capable children, or, at least, it should be...."
I couldn't agree more! As parents, we can so easily get caught up with academics, when there is so much that is important. This post is the ultimate round up of posts that will help you on your way to training up your children in "the way that they should go".
Read more here.
My own post is one that features music and harmony. I LOVE music! I love listening to music, singing along to music, and playing musical instruments. Something that is a key (Ha! No pun intended!) to good music is HARMONY. It's all about the notes blending together to sound best. This post connects music and parenting!
"One day, I took my children through a local town, and there was a play area. It had big "stepping stone" type things, which if you stepped on them, played a kind of whistled "note". They realised it was musical, and all hopped on one and jumped up and down. A whole rabble of noise ensued, with the children quickly saying "What are these FOR Mum? They don't even play a tune!"
Mother, with her musical background, begged to differ.
I lined them up on a "stone" each, and directed who should hop when. After a few practices, this is what we got..."
Read on here.
I hope you find these two posts encouraging and useful. Hop on over to the Complete Guide for SAHMs to read many more practical posts on parenting.