Sunday, October 4, 2009

Are you a pro at parenting? I am not..

When I woke up this morning, I felt the chill seep in through my blankets, it really got cold during the night. When my 5 year old woke up, she said “why is it so cold, who turned the air conditioner on?” to which I replied, ‘God turned the air conditioner on… its fall now, it gets colder.’  To which my 2 year old said, “so if its raining, it means God is watering his plants?” Funny how our little ones catch up on everything so quick.

When I was making breakfast of buttermilk-apple pancakes, and my 2 year old was helping me, she asked what I was doing. I told her that I am making pancakes, to which she replied… “Wow, how cool is that?”, which shows me that she is copying her older sister and that made me laugh.

Our children are precious, and sometimes they say things that are so funny, or unexpected that we don’t really know how to react. Lately my five year old is being a little ‘know it all’, and in many instances I look at my husband and he looks at me not knowing how to respond to something she said or done. There has been a lot of one on one talks with her, a lot of disciplinary action taken in trying to change how she misbehaves in church, being rude to an adult, or talks back to me or my husband.

I talk to other moms to find out if maybe they have a special way to handle five year olds, but mostly they just laugh, and tell me that all kids are different, what works for one, will not work for another. Some say they don’t discipline their children, some say they are clueless like me.

I have a stack of books on discipline that I am reading, maybe something I will be able to implement on how to handle the stubborn five year old. For her behavior is affecting my 2 year olds behavior as well, since she copies everything her older sister does.

I know that no one is born to be the greatest parent, somehow we all learn on our children in having an individual approach to each child in disciplining them. Some days I feel frustrated with my oldest child, and her stubborn ways, while some days she amazes me with her loving, sensitive heart and helpful nature. I am hopping that by the time I am done with having children I will be a pro in being a perfect parent. Or close to it. :)


  1. I don't think we will ever feel like pro's. They are ever changing.

  2. Recently our church asked us to teach a parenting class. So, in prepartion we went to our bookshelves to see if we could get some wisdom from some books. Guess what? We don't have any (except ONE!) parenting books! Hmmmm.....

    We started wondering what exactly we have been doing the last eight years! And how do we parent these six (so far!) children. As we examined it, we realized that we've just been praying and stiving to parent our children the way the Father is parenting us! Just like Jesus who said He only does what He sees the Father do. That's sums up our parenting philosophy.

    And I think that you ARE a PRO! God has given us the ability to be an EXPERT on parenting our own children. He gave them to YOU for a reason--because no one else can parent them better than you!


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