Helping those who need help

Single parents can’t do it all for their kids, especially in times of hardship or crisis. They need assistance from friends, relatives, neighbors, and fellow believers who heed the call of Scripture: “Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). Most of all, they need to take their needs in prayer to their loving Lord, the “helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:14).

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Chore reminders

Do you find yourself constantly telling them to brush their teeth, make their bed or pick out their clothes for the next day? If you want to encourage responsibility in your child, consider posting a chart of their daily routines in their room. List your child’s name and their responsibilities for the day, then let them check off their completed tasks. You may even reward your child with a special treat if they complete everything that week.

The courage to ask for help

Mike Newlin writes, “Genius is perseverance in disguise.” Know of a few parenting geniuses who seem to be raising great kids? It’s not that they are that much smarter than you. It’s probably more that they persevere with a few key tools that move them from being ordinary to extraordinary.

Tap into their “genius” – invite them to breakfast and pick their brains. How do they make time for their kids? How do they connect with them? Where did they learn their parenting principles? What have their learned from their mistakes? You get the idea. Just a few successful methods can go a long way towards brilliant parenting. Learn from the best.

It takes a great deal of courage to ask for help in raising your kids.  Remember that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)