Do you ever ask yourself what this parenting is all about? I mean really, who would ever purposely get themselves in a place where most of us parents find ourselves sometimes? Where is this parenting taking us? Where will it end up?
It's all about relationship. Parenting is developing your relationship with your child. There are many things that we can do. First, of course is love. Secondly, comes the support that they need to become a productive person of society. Giving our children the tools they need to become what they are called to in life should not be taken lightly. I don't think you do, or you wouldn't be reading this blog.
But at some point, our children are no longer children, and you'd better be ready. The changes they make can be rapid and extreme. The important thing is learning to allow them to grow and then growing right along with them, not allowing our perceptions of them to remain as if they are still little children. If we recognize and accomplish this, it can bring great rewards.
One of the best rewards that I have been experiencing lately is partnering with my kids. It has been great and I am looking forward to many years of partnership with them. My older kids have their lives and families, jobs and hobbies. They have value and now we do things as partners rather than "I'm the dad and I said so" because now, I listen too. And you know what? I'm learning a lot.
Just one example of partnering is working with my daughter's ministry reaching youth in our city. Another is learning about some new businesses and how to bring those about in our new family corporation. We are partners because we are growing. We have grown because we work hard on our relationship.
How about you? Are you ready to partner with your kids? Do you already? Let us know your ideas on developing your relationship with your kids.