Do you remember when your first bundle of joy was born? You read all the What To Expect books and wanted to know every aspect of your pregnancy. Then when your bundle of joy was born, you ran out to purchase every baby book possible to ensure your precious one met every milestone at the right time. It was the most amazing thing ever, right? Then that day came that your precious bundle of joy turned into Satan himself.
If you’re like me, you wanted to know where you went wrong. I found the TV series Super Nanny and was glued to the T.V. every day. Yes, I watched the rebroadcast and all. Then I ran out and grabbed parenting books because I needed step by step guidance on correcting my child’s behavior. Between Super Nanny and all the parenting books I purchased, I had to find someone to tell me what do. And I NEEDED them to tell me step by step. Understand I was SOOOO serious about the step by step.
Fast forward 12 years. We now have three lovely girls. They are each VERY unique in learning, passions, and behaviors. Boy oh boy, are they unique here. The one thing I learned and can’t stress enough about raising kids is this. YOUR CHILD(REN) WILL NOT BE LIKE ANY OTHER! No, I’m not saying not to read parenting books or take advice from others, but what I’m saying is no book can understand your home and your issues. Keep in mind that many authors write about their encounters with their children or their studies on behaviors of others. Nothing wrong with his, but you MUST take their concepts and tweak them to fit your situation. Why do I say this? Because I was walking around MAD at the world because this book or that book told me to do XYZ and my child would fall in line. I couldn’t separate my home from the next. All I knew was someone recommended a book to me, and from what I could see of their family, their lives were “perfect.” Hint: there’s no such thing as a perfect family.
The one thing I missed and many books didn’t address….MY ACTIONS. That’s right! What are your actions as a parent? I must admit, Mr. Tripp jabbed me HARD in Chapter 6, Process. Boy, oh boy. I’m guilty, SO guilty. I react. I haven’t always been a proactive parent, but a reactive one. And still am in some situations.
Do you notice I have #3 circled? Can you see the bit of text there? Take a quick read. I will pause as you do so. Did you read it? Yep, right there with you. I know exactly what my child is going to do in certain situations, but instead of being proactive I react when she loses her mind. And guess what? I lose mine even more. Being emotionally reactive isn’t good nor healthy for anyone.
This brings me to my ALL TIME FAVORITE chapter….Chapter 13, REST! If you haven’t figured out by now that this mama believes in rest, then this is the time for you to get onboard! Mr. Tripp made a very important point about parents struggling with patience, finding joy and sometimes dreading the next day of parenting. We are overburdened and overwhelmed. We constantly run and do everything. Learn to take a little bit of “me” time, reconnect with your friends, take a date night with hubby or just find a bit of time in your busy schedule to reset.
14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family is a Christain based parenting book that provides scripture to our everyday lives of raising kids. Mr. Tripp doesn’t give us “steps” to help us raise our children, but he gives us God’s word as guidance on what our responsibilities are as parents.
I will admit, many of the chapters hit home. If we remember these children belong to God and He has already written us guidelines in raising them.
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