As much as I appreciated her pulling together different "experts" and thoughts about "better late than early" for preschoolers, this was my favorite quote:
Good parenting is "warmly responsive, loving and consistent care, balanced with discipline." But the best explanation of good parenting I've ever heard is one from Anne Ortlund, who says, "Successful parenting means: One, becoming what you should be. And two, staying close enough to the children for it to rub off." She challenges parents by asking, "What will you become in order that your offspring may turn out to be great human beings for God?"That, in a nutshell is what I have been learning. The only person I can change is me and the more whole, healthy and educated I become the better I can lead my kids into that same type of life. This is not easy. The next book on the way to my house is Parenting from the Inside Out - this book is NOT for the faint of heart. However, it will help you become more of who you are created to be - His reflection. The author doesn't write from a Christian perspective, he is more into the science of relationships, but it's not hard to see how these things crossover.
What are you doing to become more of who you should be? How are your kids watching God change you from the inside out? The ride can be crazy, scary and scattered but the outcome is for your good and His glory.
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