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Goals and expectations anyone?

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For Becoming Better Parents

February 16, 2011

by Charles R. Swindoll

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

—Ephesians 6:4

Thank You, Father, for being the perfect Parent. Thank You for those times that You’ve taken us to task, though the reproof sometimes seemed more than we could bear. Encourage us with the truth that whoever the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Forgive us, our Father, for our prodigal ways, for our selfish desires and self-willed decisions. Forgive us for our pride in wanting to look like winners as fathers and mothers when the truth is we have failed at every point.

Help us to be real with our children—authentic, loving, forgiving, firm when we have to be, strong when we need to be, gentle at all times. Help us, Lord. Help us with our grandchildren, to be there for them when they need us to be supportive and affirming of their parents, to be a part of the answer rather than a part of the problem. Enable us to come to terms with things that weren’t dealt with in our own lives so that we don’t pass them on to these precious, innocent children who follow us.

Lord, we give You thanks for the genius of the family. It’s all Your idea. We pray we’ll have very sensitive hearts as we grow in these areas of nurturing and discovery.

In the dear name of Christ. Amen.

See also Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Proverbs 3:12; 22:6; Colossians 3:21; Hebrews 12:9-11.

Bundle them up in germs

So I am one of those germ-a-phobes who refuse to let my kids do fun stuff like eat mud and lay a hand on snails and frogs, so I am coming to realize I am doing these little  ones a huge  disservice. When my son started crawling around our home, grabbing everything in view and putting much of it in his mouth, a toy that a neighbors dog, just chewed on, a shoe the has been into the public bathroom, all got munched on. I freaked out!

How many parents tussle with the thought of exposing their child to germs and infection in daycare/pre-schools and hoping this will strengthen their immune system? I was reading about a mother who just put her son in kindergarten and he’s forever sick. Her pediatrician said that because he stayed at home most of the time and did not go to daycare or pre-school her immune system needed to adjust. “Now some immunology experts are beginning to agree that germs that many parents bleach and disinfect out of existence might help children.”Hygiene hypothesis” holds that when babies are exposed to germs, it helps them fight allergies and asthma later.”

Okay! So be happy to let your toddler crawl around the house, restaurants, even the doctor’s office, and put their fingers and other dirty objects into her mouth. A little germ will not hurt after all…. yucky. Oh my parental pet-peeve: parents who let their sick child go to school, and in public play areas, like seriously!

Let me know what you think~ would knowing expose your kid to a little germs

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