As a parent you are everything in your childs eye. You are their whole world.
Before my children were born I made a conscious decision that I would be a parent of wisdom. Someone who leads by example, makes wise choices, choosing the road of freedom rather than concentrating on my failures, which takes effort.
As a child I did not have this luxury, through no fault of my parents. I have three siblings and you could say my upbringing was fairly dysfunctional. Bringing us up, my Mum was mostly just in ‘survival mode’.
Growing up I noticed a positive change in my Mums parenting when she discovered the teachings of Joyce Meyer. A woman who endured a life of abuse who has completely turned her life around and is now helping others find that life of freedom.
It’s all good storing up knowledge of other peoples wisdom but until you actually apply it to your own life you don’t experience the freedom for yourself.
Who do you draw wisdom from?
I know I couldn’t live this life on my own way of thinking. I am so grateful for a mother who thought beyond herself and started applying a Godly wisdom to her life which in turn affected my life to want to bring my children up with positive principles and a heart to look beyond my own problems to positively affect the lives of others.
I can already see how my daughter of eight years imitates me, good and bad behaviour. It is a constant reminder of how I want to portray my life for my childrens sake. It’s never too late to change our own behaviour patterns. Even starting as small as doing something to bless someone else. Smiling at the cashier. Not entering into road rage, wave at the guy who just cut you off instead of cursing. Making a meal for your neighbour who just came out of hospital.
Your children are watching and listening to learn what is acceptable behaviour. Taking positive steps everyday really does impact your childrens lives greatly. It’s not always the easier road to choose but teaching them the road to freedom rather than to focus on their own failures is so uplifting and encouraging to see as they start to mimic the good choices that we have instilled in them.