Building Family Ties

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 readingĀ 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?

4 Responses to “Building Family Ties”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Pete,

    So true. In a world with so much noise, one of the hardest and yet, most fulfilling things is to walk in after school and work, set everything down and just go for a walk with the kiddos and pets. It’s a time to reconnect, celebrate the day, and stop to smell the roses (literally).
    A big lesson we’re walking through right now is in pushing ourselves. School may come easy, but as adults, the world won’t be easy. We must look for opportunities that present a challenge…something to strive for, work hard at, fall in love with, and be passionate about. Todays’ kids have options like no other time, and the downside of that is that, as parents, we must work harder at finding those few things our kids really connect with, rather than hopping from one new hobby to the next.

  2. Frank says:

    There is a Parenting Hall of Fame? Where?

  3. Yasmeen says:

    am not a parent, but i have a baby sister..i think we should let kids appreciate whatever they have.. parents should never give their children whatever they want..if you give ur children everything they ask for, they will never be happy for what you give them.. they will always ask for more..

  4. christopher says:

    my son points with his hand, I go. he was born september 15, 2011.

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