What You Should Teach Your Kids

September 14, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for daughters,lessons for moms

It is Friday. You know the drill. Five minutes of writing. It is a beautiful community and I am just discovering its blessings. Join us over at Lisa-Jos. Today’s word: focus.

 A mental list of faults that need to be corrected unscrolls in my mind. The list of traits I want them to have is long and it is hard teaching characteristics I have not mastered myself. Still, I try. I pick stories, heroes, prayers that emphasis fearlessness, perseverance, kindness, bravery. 

And I try more, almost will, my girls not to pick up my faults. My fears. My selfishness. I do not want them to experience the pain that holds hands with cowardliness or discouragement or doubt. 

When I focus on the list, I see the faults. I see the work there is to be done. The lessons that I want stored in their hearts. Lessons I can teach but not force to grow roots. I miss the grace of God. 

Ignoring the list and teaching them instead the wonders of God and the peace of gratitude, I can re-see their beauty, enjoy their quirks,  and wait expectantly for God to mold them. Grace returns.

what you should teach your kids

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Andrea September 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

The focus of your blog is wonderful – such a great matter of fact statement and purpose.

Stopping by from FMF

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Paloma September 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

That’s beautiful… I know what you mean about trying to have them not pick your flaws… although being sinners themselves they’ll have their own… isn’t that hard? Sometimes it scares me when my 4 yr. old says: “I want to be just like you mommy” and I always reply: “Better, you want to be better!” scary… I hope they want to be like Christ… the thing is that I hubby and I are representing Christ for them right now… what a responsibility! … Beautifully written!

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Melissa September 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Make sure you also focus on the successes of both you and your girls! Remember to celebrate the little things … since a bunch of little things together make a big impact!

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my diary September 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

nice post thanks for sharing the 5 minutes friday…looking for to visit more..blessings

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Denise September 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

Your an awesome mom.

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Nikki @ Simplystriving September 15, 2012 at 2:48 am

Grace returns…
Oh my Laura. . . I love all your 5 minute writes, but I think this one is my favorite to date. And that’s saying something! it spoke to me deep.
oh those quirks…
we are going to hold hands as we travel this road, aren’t we? you are such an encouragement to me. Thank you, friend!

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