Parenting Tips 101 (Article #1)

From time to time, I will post parenting tips articles to help encourage and equip fellow Jesus-following parents in this journey we call life. We need each other. I’m no expert…just a fellow parent trying to figure it out just like you. God is good and gracious, so let’s lift each other up and glory Him in all we do. I hope you find these practical yet biblically-based tips helpful as you raise children to love Jesus more than anything else.

For today’s article, it’s really important we understand three things when it comes to parenting, no matter the age of your kids.

1. How little we know.

Parenting is one of the greatest joys God has given mankind. At the same time, it’s hard. We can read, research, and recall a bunch of tips and tricks, but at the end of the day, we must admit how little we know. God can do a lot with this posture of humility.

2. How much we need community.

Realizing we need help and don’t know as much as we think reminds us how much we need each other. We were never created to do life alone. Godly parents need other Godly parents to encourage, hold them accountable, and pray. This community of believers will prove invaluable on the good and challenging days.

3. How big God is.

God, the creator of all things, loves you. Never forget this truth. He knows your heart, struggles, and victories. He has placed the people, including your kids, in your life for a reason. Trust Him. Worship Him. Allow Him to reveal Himself to you as He is our Heavenly Father. 3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Be a disciple of Jesus that raises your children to be disciples of Jesus. God is big, and we are small. That is precisely why we need His protection, love, and grace.