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Back to School: Raising Up Christ-Like

School is back into full swing and I hope everyone had a fantastic summer! I know we did, full of swimming and sleeping in late!! Going back to school brings so many emotions (sniffle, I can’t believe I have a first grader), and new everyday challenges, especially when it comes to being a Christian in the modern world. 

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Look at that sweet face :)

“Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The other day I was putting Lily to bed and she asks the dreaded question, “Mom what’s the F-word?”.  My nostrils flared, eyes bugged, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, KEEP CALM MONICA.. Immediately I wanted to know full details on where and why she was asking (I was stalling a bit).  She said two much older girls at camp had said they had a secret for her and that is what it was (also asking what was the S-word). Well of course she had no idea what those words were and what they meant! ARGH! … Ok keeping calm now .. :) 
I’m not sure why I was so surprised that this had came up, because evil is everywhere. It seems no matter how much you shelter your children from outside sin, it always finds its way to the innocent and sweet… I knew from that moment on the way I approached answering her questions would have a deep,  meaningful impact on her. So I said a little prayer to myself and went on to explain. I told her what the s-word was (word for poop!) Lol and that I would not say the f-word because it was the ugliest word in the world and only ugly mouths say it! Believe me I am no saint in saying I’ve never said those words before because I have and no person is perfect.. but that was a big dose of reality when it comes to having a clean mouth. 
This situation was no different than many others in raising children in the image of our creator… It’s no different than when she asks why “Suzy” is being so mean to her or when her little heart is selfish. We take every moment one step at a time and try to deal the best we can. A little girl was being mean at camp a few weeks ago and we had this conversation on why the little girl was being mean. I told her that maybe she wasn’t very happy with herself and that she could have been taking it out on her friends. I told Lily to ask the girl if she wanted to talk about what was bothering her and just try to be a loving friend. Lily was more than happy to oblige :)
As I’m sure my husband will agree being a parent has been the biggest blessing I could have ever received. So many days though I feel as if I’m screwing it up royally! But I know deep down if I trust God and what he has in store for me, my children will prosper and grow up to be the wonderful adults I know they can become!  

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Nothing has been easy when it comes to being a parent, but raising a child to be kind, respectful and full of forgiveness has to be hands down toughest task we have! I’ve heard from clients when they speak of their kids, “I raised him on my knees!”  with a chuckle.  I never knew the hard truth behind that statement until I was a parent. Yes I pray A LOT. For my kids and the other kids that bounce around with my kids at school and home everyday. Moms, it is hard! Don’t be quick to judge each other as moms.. Show Love, grace and PRAY FOR EACH OTHER! We are all in this together. :)

Blessings, Monica

One thought on “Back to School: Raising Up Christ-Like

  1. Sounded like the talks we had with Nathan and Dustin. Being a Christian mother isn’t always easy but God will lead us mothers as we lead our children towards him.

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