Can I be real with you?
Parenting tweens is hard. And this is before we even hit the teens!
Too often I find myself looking for it….
A quick fix.
One piece of advice or a tip that will change everything.
- How to stop the complaining right now.
- Squash the sibling battles – immediately.
- Please give me “trick” to bring my kiddos to perfect obedience (Yes, the first time I ask).
Friend, I want you to know something. If you are looking for a solution to a tween parenting struggle- that is a good thing, and I’m so glad you’re here!
But as you’ve likely experienced in this parenting journey – a temporary solution is often no solution at all.
We are so excited to share tips, advice and encouragement with you over this next month. But we also know that there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to parenting tweens.
Parenting the heart is for the long haul. It’s many intentional steps, repeated over time.
That is how we encourage our children to grow fruit.
Sounds exhausting? Already tired? I know friend, but hang in there… as we have a God who is GREATER!
That is why we are coming together for this blog party – to draw near to Him and build each other up!
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11
So you may be asking yourself – if we’ve taken the quick fix out of parenting our tweens, what should our focus be?
What is the best thing we can do to navigate the tweens in a way that honors God?
We need to pay attention to our starting point.
Before teaching, correcting, training and caring for our children let’s ask.
Are we being intentional in caring for our relationship with God?
Believe me, I don’t say this to bring on the guilt or because I have this nailed down – I don’t!
I am simply sharing from my experience.
When I am spiritually struggling, the difference in my parenting is night and day. Any good advice, tips or direction I receive, quickly falls to the ground.
As our kids grow, this doesn’t seem to change.
I have seen evidence of this truth clearly. Both in the hills and the valley’s of parenting so far.
In navigating parenting and life, I am nothing without HIM!
He will strengthen us.
He will give us wisdom.
He will give us patience.
He will guide us.
He will protect our children.
As much as we want God’s best for our kids, He does too. He also loves US immensely and He wants His best for us in parenting our tweens and beyond!
We can’t compromise our starting point in tween parenting. We must take intentional steps in His direction daily.
So before we explore the incredible wisdom and encouragement these ladies have to offer this month ( and I do mean incredible – seriously, you will be blessed ! )
Let’s take a step back and prepare our hearts to hear it.
Can we commit to digging deeper? Go deeper in our relationship with the Lord FIRST, then step out to parent our tweens.
Let’s pay attention daily, to our starting point.
YOUR God and YOU!
Can I pray for you?
Lord thank you for bringing this event together! Thank you that you truly give us all that we need in parenting these tweens even when it’s hard to see.
I pray you draw these parents hearts towards you. Would you speak clearly to them? Please give them a fresh view of their relationship with their tweens – your view.
Would you help them to be willing to fight to keep their relationship with you as their starting point? Please help them to see what that looks like in their individual lives. Guide them, lead them and protect them I pray. Amen.
Alright parents, here we go! Are you ready?
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Joining You in the In-Between,
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life. Lamentations 3:58