Here’s a few things we know will always be true about you as a parent:
You will get tired.
You will struggle with what you should do in a number of situations.
Your kids will not always behave exactly the way you want.
You will stay awake sometimes, worrying about them.
You will wonder, more than you should, if you’re a good parent.
But we think there are five principles that will help you as a parent navigate through a variety of different seasons. And that if you begin to instill them into your parenting, your relationship with your children, and with the other people they need in their lives, will move in a better direction to parent beyond your own capacity.
We want to invite you to engage your family in a bigger story, a story that will expand their perspectives and reveal a significant role in this world. It’s a story that involves more than just your family; it involves other influences who are on a journey to discover who God is and why a relationship with Him really matters.
We want to encourage you to establish a lifestyle as a parent where you …
Invite others to invest in your children, so your sons and daughters have other voices that will help shape and determine the direction of their lives.
Focus your energy and effort on the issues that will make a lasting impact.
Create a culture of unconditional love in your home to fuel the emotional and moral health of your children.
Tap into the power of quality moments together, and build a sense of purpose through your everyday experiences.
Allow your kids to see how you strive to grow so they can understand how to confront their own limitations and pursue character and faith.
These are 5 principles that Reggie and Carey have written about in Parenting Beyond Your Capacity that are core to the content written on our blog. We thought it might be time to review them with you again, so stay tuned over the next few weeks.
If you haven’t already, you’ll want to make sure you grab your own copy so that you can delve even further. We believe you’re not meant to parent alone, so this is also a great book to go through with another group of parents as you widen the circle. Each chapter has discussion questions and free videos that you can watch together as a small group.
We’d love to hear your feedback as we walk through some of these principles together this month.
Which one of these principles resonates most with you? Which one do you have the most difficulty putting into practice?