I wish to share some words of encouragement to the mom who is feeling discouraged, weary, and maybe even a little hopeless because of the day to day grind of raising a child or children who are just not easy.
Heart Parenting Strategy: Envision a Positive Future
“Momma, why did God make me like this? Why did he make me have ADHD? Why can’t I have a normal brain?
and . . .
Momma — do you always love me, even when I make you angry? Do you ever just not want me any more? I always mess up! Maybe I should go live in a foster home!”
My list looks something like this:
“Ben, I love how well you play with little children. You are going to be such a good daddy some day.”
“Ben, I appreciate how you held door open for me. Your future wife will love having such a thoughtful husband.”
“Ben, do you have any jokes for me. You’re so funny, I love hearing your jokes! Maybe you’ll be the next Tim Hawkins!”
“Ben, I am so proud of the way you can teach yourself to play songs on your keyboard! Not everyone can do that!”
Remind your child that he is:
- fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
- created in the image of God himself (Genesis 1:27)
- chosen and treasured (Deuteronomy 14:2)
- rejoiced over (Zephaniah 3:17)
- loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
- worth dying for (Romans 5:8)
- a part of God’s plan (Jeremiah 29:11)
10 Days of Heart Parenting is a series God laid on my heart after I read the book, The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, R.N. Be sure to click over to read the other installments of this biblical parenting series.