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January 25, 2011

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Kayla

First of all, love your reading list! I've read Dr. Dobson's Bringing Up Girls. I saw Vicki Courtney's book the other day and wondered about it. I will add it to my list. And Dr. Lehman...ah yes! I know his Birth Order book. And I was going to read Sheet Music, but went with Red Hot Monogamy instead (very good!). Another I'll add to my list! ;) I also like Lisa Whelchel's Creative Correction if you haven't read it, yet! Very practical!
The article you posted was SO interesting! I love her take on it. God-centric is where I want to be, too! It's so easy to fall into the "success" trap. But even more, I want them to find their "completeness" in the Lord.
Whew, being a parent is tough, huh?? ;) I'm thankful for His grace when it comes to raising these babes!

Tawny

WOW what a GREAT article. I was wondering what "category" I fell in not wanting to be either a Tiger or Soccer mom but never really thinking about the "God-centric" parent even though that is all our ultimate goal! I know Trevor and I have both agreed to not make our children the center of our family but as a great added addition. Adam and Eve were complete while in the garden. There were no kids when God said, "and it was good." So we still have lovely conversations and dates and overnight trips and such without the kids. But I know we've also had the conversation of whether to let Keldon stay homeschooled in junior high or high school years when the pressure is the greatest rather than play football or baseball and receive great scholarships to superior colleges. Never once have we had the conversation of how we could become more "God centric" and help Keldon develop in the gifts God has given HIM. How can he use them to glorify His kingdom? I mean read the bible everynight, we pray, we lay hands when mommy or daddy are sick and we sing all the bible songs and memorize scripture but God has given him talents and abilities and it's Trevor and I's responsibility to be sure we provide opportunities and help him grow in them! Thanks for bringing this to light!!! Love and miss you tons..

Carrie

Such a great post! As I'm now in the teenage parenting "beauty" it's time where the rubber's meeting the road. I realize now more than ever that it's absolutely critical to ask the Lord what they should play, how to grow their giftings, what friends they should have...and engage them in all of that. They pray over this stuff before making decisions, and wow....had I known to do that at their age! Thanks for reminding me that I've got to purpose myself to keep balanced so that I don't gravitate toward what all the other parents do.

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