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What am I Teaching My Children?

I just watched the most convicting video about [tag]child development[/tag]. I’d like you to watch it, too, so you will know what I am talking about. Just click the link, and then come back. It’s short, but powerful. I was painfully reminded about how often I yell at the children instead of directing them positively, instead of coming alongside them and training them in appropriate behavior.

Now, I don’t do most of the stuff in that video, either in front of or away from my children, but I also have to admit that I am not always the best example to them in general. When I feel pressured, I tend to get snappish first, and ask for help later (instead of explaining my needs). This means I have to do a lot of apologizing, when if I would just stop and think about how they see things, I could handle the pressure more effectively. I want them to grow up knowing how to ask for help when they need it, after trying to help themselves.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. And I know these are all things that we read about, and “promise to do better at”, but this video just reminded me most strongly that the days are long, but the years are short, and today is the day I need to be the kind of person I want my kids to grow up to be.

So! Am I teaching them to get along? To value themselves? To value others? To have a servant’s heart? To love the Lord and put Him first? To work hard, play hard and laugh long? Am I doing these things myself? These are the most [tag]important lessons[/tag], because they are the [tag]lessons of life[/tag].

I know this is a much more serious post than I’ve been writing on this blog lately. I beg your indulgence, but it was too important not to talk about. I promise there will be at least one fun post later today.

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