Like so many of you guys my wife and I are striving to be the best parents we can be. There are days we feel like complete failures and other days we think we might just get put in the parenting hall of fame. However, more days than not, we lean toward feeling like failures.
I’ve been reading Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter from my friend Dave Stone and it’s been exactly what I needed.
I read this morning…
“Do you live in a household filled with discontent? Do your kids hound and harangue you for everything they want? do you feel yourself caving in to the pressure to make more, buy more, move up, live large?
Dave went on to make several wonderful suggestions, but here are two that really stuck out to me.
1. Your children need to see and sense that you are happy and at peace with life as it is, not constantly striving for more.
2.Teach your kids to express thanks for anything and everything-big stuff, little stuff, things they’ve always taken for granted.
If I just put those two simple things into practice it could absolutely revolutionize the way my boys see this world, and the way they live out their faith.
How do you think you’re doing when it comes to helping your kids understand contentment? Any lessons your learning these days in parenting?