A reminder of raising children in this century…

Raising children in this century

As Mother’s day approaches, I am reminded of the most important job in the world.. Motherhood.
A job we can never retire from, a job that has many fringe benefits, perks, rewards and demands….As a mother of five, I am always praying, thinking, planning something and so much more! One thing I will always be grateful for is the influence of others in my children’s lives as they grew up and became adults with their own convictions and beliefs. I am grateful for those who gave their time, energy and talents to touch my children’s lives. The many teachers, Pastors, and so many people over the years who cared.
As an educator for many years, I have seen the struggles of many families and hope that I have touched their lives in some positive way. I continue to watch many young mothers as they work and raise a family. I have such admiration and respect for them.
Happy Mother’s day to you all. May God give you your hearts’ desires….
 I pray that God’s blessings will fall upon you and your families always.

 Raising a child is not an easy task.  Many parents are struggling with keeping their priorities in order. Being a parent takes a great deal of time, dedication and energy.Regardless as to what else is going on in a parent’s life; the role of parenting must take priority if you want to raise a child with good character traits.
Not only does the parent need to teach- they must also be setting a good example. Children mimic the behaviors that they are exposed to at an early age.Having positive parenting skills and behavior is important.Studies show that although peers have an influence on our children, family life has the biggest influence on the molding of a child’s character traits. Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it…A promise that no matter where your child goes in life, they will come back to the Lord. Claim that promise for your children.
Teachers are benefiting in the classroom by including  teaching daily lessons in good character traits. Preschools are including lessons in socialization and good character traits at an early age by using stories, puppets and role playing. Both parents and teachers must take this responsibility seriously. Our youth are being taught that everything goes by some tv shows and music daily. How much more should we fight back by taking control and teaching our children that being a moral individual is the most important thing in life. Success in school and in life depends on their character traits.As parents, we must be vigilant about what we allow our children to view on television and the internet. The type of music they listen too is being filtered into their spirit. The kind of video games, books, magazines and the kind of peers they have in their live, all influence them.These negative things will over ride the good character traits being taught to the child. As parents, the method of correction used is something that must be consistent and with love and concern, not with anger. Never belittle a child or speak negativity into them. We must build them up and encourage them to do good. Claim God’s best for them. Stand in the gap and pray constantly for your children. A mother’s job has no time off, no vacations, and no lay offs! We are the most important person in our child’s life. We must stand firm and lift our children up daily in prayer. Love never ends!



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