Jul 23, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Being a Parent

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 Someone sent this to me about a year ago and as I was cleaning out some files I came across this. Worthy of sharing today.

Being a parent means...

To be brave enough to be the bad guy once in a while.

To aim at being a wise Mom or Dad and not to become their 'best friend'.

To have the wisdom to not always let them win at chess so they can taste failure.

To use the rod with wisdom and not in anger.

To be humble enough to admit when wrong and ask for forgiveness.

To not make all the choices but to help them make the right ones.

To make them independent even though that means letting go.

To love unconditionally as it is their birth right to be loved.

To show appreciation when they do little things so they feel valued.

To ask for their opinion and be willing to change yours if theirs makes more sense.

To pray for and with them every day, earnestly.

To be bold enough to give them a standing ovation even if the world remains seated.

To speak kindly yet firmly, without resentment, sarcasm or impatience.

To give them the confidence to laugh at themselves.

To sit quietly and listen although you have a million chores to do.

To make them grateful for God’s blessings so they won’t nurture a grumbling heart.

To give them the courage to stand for their principles yet to be wise enough to pick their battles.

To comfort them with an open door that will stay open irrespective of what they’ve done.

To measure their success not in academic marks but by how close they’ve reached God’s standard.

To make them ‘good and faithful servants’ to whom our Lord can say – well done

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. 

Happy Wednesday!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy


  1. All wonderful indeed. I make some mistakes along he way for sure..and it is always a learning curve for me as well. Have a wonderful day Cindy. XO

  2. Awesome advice....for parents and grandparents!! HOPE you have an awesome day!!

  3. Thanks for sharing Cindy.
    Connie Royals

  4. A wonderful post, Cindy. Thank you for sharing these wise words here. I see so many young Christian parents who are good examples for their children, and then I see some who aren't. The list is filled with wisdom!

  5. I love those. I'm going to copy and put in my files. I agree with all and I tried to do all of them. Of course, I failed sometimes, but I knew (still know) how to say I'm sorry. So many parents today want to be their child's best friend. The allow sleepovers with boys. We have a girl in our youth group who is 14, pregnant with twin from a 15 year old boy whose moms let the kids stay over at each other's home. Thanks for sharing. Think I'll post this in the church bulletin.

  6. I really love this post Cindy. I have so many favorites you've listed here.
    I hope you're having a wonderful day.

    All the best to you!


So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy