After a brief unexpected hiatus from blogging, I’m back! There’s lots floating around in the blogosphere about parenting. Here are a few articles that made my cut this week. Feel free to comment on what you’ve read or offer your own link!
First, let me say that I don’t love the sense of fear that this article creates. I believe that as parents, Jesus gives us the courage and ability to parent out of hope, not fear. So, while this article is fear mongering-esque, there are nuggets of truth that are challenging for parents to think about and then have the opportunity to create change.
“Although it felt productive to write several things down on a piece of paper and cross them off, it didn’t mean I was actually being productive; because productivity is about producing something, and I wasn’t producing anything — except maybe stress.”
I love to be productive. But sometimes I idolize my processes and instead getting things done, I end up creating more stress for myself. This is probably hard, especially if you’re a doer like me, but I appreciated the perspective to let the important things prioritize your time.
“You will have some resolutions that are specific and personal to you—which is great. But there are some goals that every parent could benefit from accomplishing.”
I’m a huge fan of Carey Nieuwhof, I think he’s brilliant. You don’t have to do all five, but they were important reminders for me.
“Maybe that’s the bottom line of Advent: what’s it look like for you and me–as children of God–to live with an Advent expectancy that God can move powerfully all the year around? Let’s dream big ‘Christmas-sized’ dreams about what God can do with us today and in the coming year.”
This article was still open on my phone. I know it’s from Christmas, but I think the truth of it is still important as much today as it was when I opened. How do you want God to move powerfully in your own life? What about in your kids?