NEW YEAR PARENTING RESOLUTIONS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER AS A PARENT
The end of the year is fast approaching and as usual everyone will be in a festive and cheerful mood. Even with the pandemic in the year, the festivities and cheerful spirit will continue.
As the festivities are ongoing, resolutions will be made; resolutions for school, resolutions for work, resolutions for companies and countries and resolutions for parents. Here are some powerful thoughts to consider in the process of making resolutions as a parent.
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something or the quality of being determined to do something throughout a period. Companies will make resolutions, schools will make resolutions but most importantly resolutions must be made as a family and as parents.
As Christian parents, we must intentionally sit down to fellowship with the Holy Spirit and get resolutions for our family for the year ahead. You can go on a retreat for this or make plans with the Holy Spirit during your quiet time. Habakkuk 2:2 talks about how visions should be made plain on tablets. In our modern world, there are definitely no tablets so a dairy would do.
I don’t know how you would plan a year without writing anything down. Kindly get a dairy and jot down everything the Holy Spirit prompts you about. That is the foremost and most important thing. After all, being a parent is a very difficult thing and we need all the help we can get, mostly from the Holy Spirit since no two children are alike.
Secondly, teach your children about God: I believe consciously teaching your children about God is the most important thing a Christian parent must do. We must consciously find ways to filter the things they watch, the things they hear and the people they associate with. In this era, everything is happening but few things have God included. As Christian parents, we must consciously teach our children how to pray, how to fellowship with God and how to have their quiet times. Just because they are children doesn’t mean they are oblivious to what is going on around them. Teaching them to communicate and fellowship with God will help their communication with us too. As parents we must consciously teach our children the way they should go, their speech, their willingness to help others and many more.
Thirdly, dedicate time specially for the children: In this era, most mothers aren’t stay-at-home mothers but workers too. Even with this, parents must intentionally set time aside for their children. Time to pray together, play together and just bond with one another. Children appreciate being able to spend quality time with their parents. They enjoy knowing that their parents cherish and deem their company very special. These moments create memories which are not easily forgotten and the children will willingly open up more even if they seem to be difficult teenagers.
Lastly, create special moments with your spouse: Just because you are parents doesn’t mean you should be so into it that you deprive your spouse of yourself. Intentionally create special moments with your spouse, go on dates, pray together, do everything you used to do before the children came into the picture. Don’t be too much of a mother and a father and lose yourself as a wife and a husband. Many marriages have struggled because of this.
Resolutions are made to begin a new phase of life. Don’t be down when you miss a few resolutions. Get back up and continue holding to the Holy Spirit as your strength.