Love Your Children (Small Change #12)

I owe another small change for this week as I failed to write any last week due to being sick. Funny I have to write about loving your children when I just came home with Javi after my meeting with an old friend was cut short as he was throwing tantrums and I had to bring him home. All I can feel right now are exhaustion and embarrassment. But hey such is the life of a mother.

Now back to the last six keys to confident child-raising --

5. Cherish them.

Kids grow up too fast. Before you know, the once cute baby is all grown-up and no longer needs the parents. I may have chosen the more difficult route, but it's all worth it as I didn't miss a single thing. I was with Javi the minute I conceived him until now. The sweetest thing for me right now is when he calls me "Mama."

For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.

- Proverbs 4:3

6. Take care of them.

It can be as simple as planning the menu. Now that the little boy is eating, I look for recipes that he can eat, too.

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

- Proverbs 31:15; 21

7. Pay attention to them.

As parents, we need to constantly pay attention to our children's development and to their friends. I am very hands on and this is the reason why I would rather take care of Javi myself than rely on someone else to take care of him.

Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?

- Proverbs 20:11

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds

- Proverbs 27:23

A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

- Proverbs 28:7

8. Promote peace in your home.

When the time comes that I have more than one child, I would have to deal with finding ways to stop fights among siblings. Right now, we have to ensure that when Jed and I would fight, Javi should not witness it.

Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.

- Proverbs 18:18

Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.

- Proverbs 29:17

9. Require respect from them.

Boy, did I learn a lot about this from my parents. My siblings and I sure do respect them. I am grateful my parents enforced this trait on us which I am sure to hand down to my children.

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

- Exodus 20:12

10. Be patient with them.

I am guilty of this. I easily lose my patience and my temper. So my prayer every single day is for God to help me in this area.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

- Proverbs 15:1

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

- Proverbs 15:28

The author reminds all mothers that mothering is for life. This is not meant to scare new mothers. It is also best for the parents to set good examples for their children. How can we raise law-abiding citizens if we ourselves do not follow the rules? How can we raise godly children if we ourselves do not live a Christ-like life?

My love for my little boy is unexplainable. I will love him and he doesn't need to do a single thing. A mother's love is similar to God's love for us.

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