Are you happy with how your parenting is going? Are there some things you can improve? Have you been concerned over certain behaviors or activities your children have been involved in?
As we are ready to enter 2006 the beginning of the new year is a good time to examine your relationship with your children. Maybe it is time to make some changes.
Here are some things to think about:
1. Examine your personal interaction with each child. Are you following Biblical principles in the way you speak to him or her? How about the way he or she speaks to you?
2. Examine your schedule. Is your child sitting around playing video games all day? Should you get him or her involved in a physical activity? Does your child have little relaxation time or down time. Do you need to re-examine the number of activities he or she is involved in and trim back?
3. Are you aware of their media exposure? Have certain shows (or music or video games) “slipped in” that you are not comfortable with? Is he or she obeying your restrictions on ratings? Is it time to re-establish the rules as to what and how long media can be used?
4. Have you recently audited their computer, especially internet usage? Is it time to sit down and go through what is going on with the computer? The new year is a great time to take a look and remind your children of your internet expectations and rules.
I am sure there are many other areas you can “examine” such as diet, sleep times, homework schedules, chores, etc. Your job as parent is of vital importance! When you examine your parenting honestly you give honor to your children (remember you are not trying to please them – you can read about that here: We Should Not Be Child Pleasers) and understand the importance of the job God has entrusted you with!
Happy New Year,
Mark Strohm, Jr.