Building the Family Team | Part 3

Building the Family Team | Part 3

Jul 01

Serve Others As a Family

One of the ways to cement the family together as a team is to take the time to serve others together.  There are many ways to do this from taking a mission trip together as a family to serving a day at a local charity or ministry.  For more ideas on how to do this, check out our series on serving by clicking here.

 

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Building the Family Team | Part 2

Building the Family Team | Part 2

Jun 30

Are You Preparing Your Child To Lead?

Teaching a child to be part of a team helps to train children for leadership.  Check out our weeklong series on this topic by clicking here.

 

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Building the Family Team | Part 1

Building the Family Team | Part 1

Jun 29

Why Build A Family Team?

It is essential for the parent to focus on building a team as a family rather then just a group of individuals who live together.  There are many reasons for this.  First, functioning with in a team is a great life skill which helps a child in many arenas, sports, roommates, jobs, as well as marriage.  Secondly, teaching each child to function within the group makes family run more smoothly.  It changes the focus from everyone out to meet their own needs to working together and serving each other.

When you spend your lives emphasizing “individuality” and something changes concerning a child’s ability to get attention from his or her significant family member, you might start noticing erratic behavior.  Almost everything we do today emphasizes individuality. For example, we have toys that are geared toward the individual child, rather then family toys.  It is our job as a parent to begin to train our child out of self-centeredness and towards working as a team.

 

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When My Child is Difficult to Like | Part 5

When My Child is Difficult to Like | Part 5

Jun 26

It’s About Love- Not Like

Love is an action word. It is not an emotion, it is something we do or something we live out.  Every phase can have things not to like if we choose to focus on them.  Babyhood is the constant need or sleep deprivation.  Toddlers are always pushing back against the rules.  Early teens are struggling with self-image or are moody.  Later teens feel as though they know it all.  Thankfully we can role model what Christ did for us.  He loved us when we were unlovable, ungrateful, and in sin.  Thankfully we also have a guide for how to love in 1 Corinthians 13. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

This is a great verse for us to have up in front of us especially on the hard days.  Remember parenting is about communicating and modeling God’s love to our children, not about like.

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When My Child is Difficult to Like | Part 4

When My Child is Difficult to Like | Part 4

Jun 25

When Parenting Gets In The Way Of My Schedule

If there is one thing that gets interrupted in a parent’s life it is their schedule.  From the first day a baby comes home, life will never be as the parents once knew it.  After the newborn phase we can even attempt to keep our children in a schedule but there will be changes to it as life happens, such as a child getting sick.  If we are Type A personalities it may be more difficult for us when something rocks the neat little schedule we have going.  The Type B personality may find it difficult that their child does need routine.  Parents can’t just pick up and go where they want anymore. As children get older the family schedule may be more focused on the kids’ activities, such as sports or youth group events, etc.

One way to fight feeling resentful is to make sure that you are first and foremost taking time with God.  Secondly, that the spouses are getting their quality time together. Make sure there are date nights on the schedule.  During a difficult season, make sure that there are also fun times with the family.  It is amazing what a little fun family activity can do to relieve stress but also help to put perspective where it needs to be.

 

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