Preparation is a first step in becoming the best mom ever.
To become the best mom ever, who shepherds her child’s heart, you need to:
2. Recognize you’re in a war.
3. Assume your role as a godly parent.
4. Yield to God.
P Is Preparation!
My preparation for motherhood lasted nine months, but my labor was a different sort: adoption paperwork! Nine months is EXACTLY how long it took from from finishing adoption paperwork until precious, newborn Laura snuggled in our arms. So far, so good. Right?
But when Laura turned 3 weeks old, she screamed out of no where. First I checked her diaper. Nothing. Then I offered her her bottle. Not interested. Next, I gently bounced her. She screamed louder. Finally, when she fell asleep, I read every book I could get my hands on.
The diagnosis: Colick!
Four months later she outgrew this stage, and I learned the value of preparation, big time. And I began reading AHEAD to the next stage of child development so I could handle it better.
Preparation doesn’t solve every parenting dilemma but it helps immensely. Your two most important preparation tools: knowledge and wisdom.
Getting Knowledge and Wisdom
King Solomon wrote in Proverbs,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
You’ll find knowledge and wisdom in the pages of Scripture. So read the Bible, soak in the truth, pay attention to the moms and dads in the Bible, what they did right, and what they did wrong. This prepares you for shepherding your child’s heart.
You can get wisdom from other sources too, such as parenting books from Ted Tripp and Lou Priolo. I highly recommend these five books:
Getting a Grip (for teens)
Then, around the time I inhaled Tripp’s and Piolo’s books, I was facing backtalk from my eldest and craziness other kinds from my two youngest. The middle child argued. And the youngest whined! (And I’m a biblical counselor, for crying out loud.)
It’s little wonder I prayed and prepared, and prepared and prayed, and read parenting books more times than I care to admit. Now my children are adults. And my eldest is a mom, which means I’m grandma! So this means I get to speak into the lives of my son-in-law and grandbaby too. Isn’t God wonderful?
How have you prepared to shepherd your child’s heart? What help do you need?