Sometimes Christians need practical advice, especially concerning parenting, don’t they? I’m raising two hands here!
My husband and I claim three kiddos in our house. (And sometimes those kiddos claim us.) Trust me – we need practical Christian parenting advice often.
I awoke one morning to find a surprise: 3 TEENAGERS! Wasn’t it just yesterday that our littles played with tractors in the mud and doddled with dolls?
Outta nowhere, life changes. With kids, too.
Three teens now roam the halls of our house, finding their beautiful way through life and in faith, tossing “smarter than thou” attitudes here and there from time to time, grabbing keys as they celebrate 16, and waxing all googly-eyed as they dive into the dating scene.
I sat wide-eyed a bit as these parenting tornadoes hit. I should have expected them, I guess. And maybe part of me did.
For good parenting’s sake, Tony and I tossed little seeds of preparation to the kids over the years. I highly recommend it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sighed in relief when realizing a tossed seed is bearing fruit in front of my eyes. Dare I doubt Jesus?!
Over the years, we read books and gleaned wisdom. (Keep watch below for a listing of some of our favorites.) I ooh’d and aah’d, highlighted, drooled, and verged on committing the sin of dog-earing a book page. Much of the advice was and is THAT good.
But one parenting question lingered. It caught me off guard.
What if the material doesn’t fit the flow of a family? We had yet to slide into our “perfect glove.”
Much of the dating content leaned conservative – quite conservative. It housed good material, and we used portions, but the flavor of our family tends to run a little more leanient than much of what we read. So what’s a parent to do when that point catches them off guard?
How about freak out?
Yeah, okay, don’t go that route. Tears and head-banging await. A much better path waits.
Why not lean on the Lord? As I did this, I scirbbled notes.
Those notes formed into an article and found their way to Crosswalk.com.
Will you help me get 5 Ways to Help Daughters Prepare for Dating into the hands of those who will glean from it?
And while we’re at it, below are several helpful parenting resources – books, kits, and a website. Enjoy!