#4 Make your home child-friendly. Make your home “the place to be.” Create a room, even a corner of your home where your child and his/her friends can have age-appropriate privacy. Encourage this activity by stocking with toys, games, and dvd’s on reachable levels. Providing a few easy and healthy treats (sliced apples, baby carrots, applesauce, celery sticks, energy bars) where they can enjoy in a designated place with little mess. Make each child feel welcome and at home.
Friends, today I’m bringing you a guest post from a very sweet, precious, wise woman friend of mine, Miss Terra Tucker. I believe you will find it to be worth the read!
Things I taught my children – that I would teach them all again:
1. Jesus loves you – He may not like your behavior at times, but He always loves you.
2. To treat EVERY single person with kindness – “the way you would want to be treated” – Golden rule.
3. To look every person in the eyes when talking and listening to them. Mr David and I used to make them order their own food at a restaurant from the time they were two years old to practice this one.
4. Never make fun of another person (especially for something they cannot help) or be intentionally hurtful toward someone – cruelty is never cute or acceptable for children of God.
5. When you mess up or are hurtful toward someone – apologize – (say the words – I’m sorry)- I mean sometimes it’s the very least we can do in life.
6. You are no better than anyone, but no one is better than you either.
7. Every person is worthy of being treated with dignity and respect because every person is made in the image of God.
8. For my girls, pretty is as pretty does.
9. God always knows. You can pull things over on your parents at times, and you can trick some of the people some of the time, but God sees the heart. He always knows and ultimately we all answer to Him.
10. Humility comes before honor, and to strive to have integrity.
11. To whom much is given, much is required…
12. God is always with you. You are never alone.
13. You can always come back home – both to God (no matter what) and to us – because His and our love for each of you is unconditional!
14. We believe in each of you to be all of who God has created you to be!
15. God gives grace because nobody’s perfect!
Parenting is work, but I promise that it’s worth it!!!❤️
#3 Cultivate quiet moments. Help your child be comfortable with silence. Children, as well as adults, need the peace that’s found in quiet. Jesus regularly retreated into the wilderness. Make your home a peaceful sanctuary. Turn off smartphones, TV, computers, tablets, DVD, etc. and train your child to be okay with the quiet by encouraging them to read, write, put a puzzle together, and prayer.
#2 Get on the floor. To share God’s love, Jesus connected with people where they lived, worked, and played. Think way back to when you were a child. Sit on the floor, play in the sandbox, chat with them eye to eye. Getting down on their level is an excellent way to rediscover the joy of imaginative play and better acquaint yourself with the unique individual your child is.
#1 Walk a mile in your child’s sneakers. As a Mom, the more you’re able to put yourself in your child’s shoes, the easier it will be to authentically connect with what they’re going through. Empathizing with your child’s joys and sorrows on a deeper level prolongs your patience and expands your insight, making you better able to meet their immediate needs in a godly way.