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The Truth About Parenting – And Why It’s Important To Lead By Example

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“If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.”
– Charles Spurgeon

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Parenting is challenging. Yet it can be so very rewarding!

It is human to wonder if our children really hear us when we speak to them, if they are taking in the life lessons rather than choosing to go their own rebellious ways and if they will honestly leave us in a senior citizen’s home when we become old and frail and unable to look after ourselves. We sigh when they are stubborn and cry when they cry; we laugh at their jokes and hug them back when they know we know they are being cheeky. Would I exchange being a parent for anything in the world? Definitely not!

But here is an excellent article entitled: “4 Reasons More Is Caught Than Taught” which illustrates some of what parenting truly covers. Take a read and then share your comments, especially if you are a parent.

Excerpt: 
CAN’T HEAR YOU
If your words don’t match your actions, then your children can’t hear what you’re saying because your actions are drowning out your words. I know, I’ve done it, but this should give us pause to reflect on what we do can be more important than what we say, as experience has proven that more is caught than is taught. They might not do what you say but do what you do, so our examples are of supreme importance.
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
The old expression, “monkey see, monkey do” is perfectly appropriate for parents, foster parents, and grandparents. That expression means that they will repeat what you do and not what you say.   Read more

SOME MORE PARENTING TRUTHS 🙂

“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.” ~ James E. Faust

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ~ Frederick Douglass

“Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.” ~ Erma Bombeck

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Missing: One “How to be a Good Parent” manual/guide

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“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!   I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’  So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.   “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.   For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’  So they began to celebrate.”

Luke 15:17-24 (NIV)

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Being a parent is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences.  Unfortunately, there is no “How to be a Good Parent” manual or “Surviving Parenthood for Dummies” guideline.  This means that sometimes in spite of our best intentions our children take it upon themselves to go off on their own and make dubious decisions which often result in situations requiring parental intervention.  Continue reading