Though our girls are now eighteen and twenty-one, I have not forgotten how hard raising children can be. Truth-be-told, I remember being at my “wits end” some days. Putting my kids in timeout, only to retreat to my own timeout in tears of feeling like I was failing as a parent.
I’m passionate about helping moms and dads become the best they can be. Not because I have done it perfectly or have it all figured out, but because I believe what happens at home matters more than anything else. We the church, are here to pray for and stand with parents. We are to be their biggest cheerleaders.
I’m excited that beginning next week, Fair Haven is hosting a five-week Parenting Workshop beginning Wednesday evening. Though the Love & Logic curriculum isn’t faith based, I think Jesus is written all over it. The course will equip parents with tools to use self-control among other fruits of the spirit, as well as help provide tips for loving discipline and useful tactics to give kids the empowerment to make wise choices.
Raising kids is about relationship. After all, we’re not really raising kids; we’re raising adults! And I don’t know about you, but as a parent, I have shed far too many tears, lost far too many hours of sleep, invested far too many hours pouring into them and spent far too much money on their needs and most of their wants to not have a relationship with them now, much less after they move out! By God’s grace, I want to be the kind of parent and create the kind of home that my grown kids will want to come home to (preferably with grandkids!) How about you?
One of my favorite ‘parenting’ Bible verses comes from Galatians 6:9. Let us not become weary of doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up! What I can tell the ‘next generation’ of young parents is don’t give up. It’s worth it. They are worth it. Invest in what matters most and let us, the church, be your biggest cheerleaders.
Partnering with you and cheering for you,
Lori McCrum, Family Ministries Director