Sometimes things get messy. Sometimes there are tantrums. Sometimes people are grouchy. Sometimes people need to be held. Sometimes backs need to be rubbed and hair needs to be tousled. Sometimes things need to be repeated several times. Sometimes more. Sometimes my voice gets louder than it should and I remind myself that they are just learning – mastering the skills that this childhood affords them the time to master. Sometimes mistakes are made, and accidents happen. Sometimes we need a time-out…all of us.
When I see the most success, is when I am consistent. My children’s success often reflects the time and effort that I put into things. As I provide them with nurture and reassurance, they gain greater confidence along the way. It is important to create opportunities for them to practice. Making allowance for them to be a part of the process and even make mistakes. They are working to master many skills in their childhood. These years are short. Consistency is vital. I remind myself that discipleship is a wonderful process, not an event.
Thank you Lord for the opportunity to teach my children. Help me to stay grounded in Your Word and Your ways. My desire is to teach my children well. Help me to be consistent and intentional with my children in all areas of learning and growing. Thank You Lord for Your grace and Your love!