Discipline

Discipline

One Thing

Sometimes you just need a laugh.  You know those days when you wake up with a to-do list a mile long and you’re already stressing. So let’s hit the rewind button and start over. State in your mind FIRST what is most important. God is your rock and your refuge. Seek Him first. Secondly, learn to recognize when you start to drift away from what is most important. Repeat out loud what is most important to you. Thirdly, Reclaim your…

Get your HEC in check

Let’s cut to the chase. If we’re being honest, We’ve parented more than we want to out of our emotions.  You know, those days we were tired, frustrated, frazzled, and hungry, and we let those emotions determine how we interacted with our children. I am thankful for family and friends who would make me question my actions  after days like that and tell me to get my H.E.C. (HEC) in check. (sidebar: you need some of those people in your life) Hunger, Energy, Cravings,…

Are you living out loud?

Living Out Loud? There are so many things that shout for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. To which we respond “If only I had an exciting job, a loving spouse, good children, vibrant health or money for more things – life would be great.”  But in reality, we know that isn’t true. So why do we frustrate ourselves by re-visiting these thoughts over and over? I believe it’s…

Packing the Backpack- 10 Must Haves!

It’s back to school time and parents all around are scurrying to purchase school supplies to fill their kids backpacks.   We frantically search for notebooks, binders, composition books, writing utensils, pouches, calculators, scissors, glue sticks, etc., but I think we habitually leave out one thing they MUST have. Inspiration. Our children need us to fill them with what they aren’t seeing and feeling right now. Let’s purpose to fill not only their backpacks but them with phrases, verses, and…

Disrespect- Back AAT You!

No, I didn’t misspell “at” but it’s an acronym for Address, Accept and Teach. I had originally chosen another topic for this week’s post, but I’ve been challenged by my little cousin’s visit this week to get back “AAT” you. She is a 7 year old sweet delight who sometimes has monumental meltdowns.   Instead of Stop, Drop and Roll, I’m relearning how to Stop, Breathe and Think about what may be causing her to meltdown in the moment and how to…

Learning How to Wait

Wait is a 4 letter word, most of us do not like to hear or do. Yet we expect our children to do the very thing we don’t want to do.   In scripture we are encouraged to “wait” on the LORD. But this wait, unlike our common use of the word is translated: longing, hope for, tarry, or eager anticipation.   Wow! What if we thought of our life in these terms of “waiting”?   Thinking of our life…

Discipline? Why?

Have you given much thought to why you discipline your kids? I think we focus too much on the act of disciplining (training) our kids rather than why we’re training our kids. I know this sounds like semantics, but focusing on the why allows us to  speak to our children in terms of who God says they are and who God says they are becoming. Focusing on the act traps us in an unpleasant moment that is usually emotionally draining. When we…