We are raising girls. THREE girls.
Three rambunctious, precious bundles of 100% girlness.
This week, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned and am still learning about raising girls.
1} Parenting is always changing with their age and season. The toddler stage is physically demanding. Now as they’ve grown out of toddlerhood, the emotional balancing required can be exhausting and keeps me on my knees praying for godly wisdom to give my girls. I know I will be on my knees for many years as God leads us into the next stage of their growing up years.
2} It is never too early to begin building a foundation for modesty, purity and biblical womanhood. I’m a mom who says no. And fully believes in the power of saying no to our kids. Raising girls who know why we fill our minds with good things, handle ourselves with grace and respect those around us. It matters. It all matters from day 1 of raising girls.
3} Sharing my own real experiences with my girls is invaluable. Letting them know that I’ve been there and understand their thoughts is so important.
4} I can’t pretend to listen. They will know. I must fully listen to their words and hear their hearts. I don’t always have to do all the talking.
5} Daily Devotion time can. not. be. skipped. My girls, even at their young ages, are hungry for the things of God. I need to be willing to pour into them EVERY DAY.
6} God speaks to my girls. They can read His word and understand it. I have to trust that what God is speaking to them is exactly what they need to hear. I have to trust that the Holy Spirit is going to convict, correct and encourage in ways that I can not do.
7} They are building their own relationships with God. I am a tool that God is using to help shape them into the women they will one day be.
8} Love, hugs and attention need to be the staples of our days. So much of their behavior depends on the level of their love tanks. If we don’t fill their tank, the world will. This is incredibly important to raising girls in our culture.
9} Watching them hurt and learn life lessons about friendship, disappointment, putting others first and keeping a good attitude even when they’ve been wronged is not pleasant. It takes replacing the hurtful messages from the world that they have received and allowing God to help me speak to that wrong message through the truth of His word.
10} Raising three girls to go against the flow, to be set apart, to be okay with being different, to live lives that are pleasing to God alone is more work and more rewarding than I ever imagined. Protecting their minds and their hearts takes effort, determination and involvement. It takes me being in the Word daily.
Also, check out this resource from PBS!
What is something you have learned about parenting your kids?
What is something you are learning about raising girls?