Parenting is one of the hardest things I have ever done. If marriage didn’t already point out all of your weaknesses then parenting definitely will!! The active parenting process will change you just as much, or even more than it will change the child, if you let it.
Parenting should be a team effort. Both parents need to be actively involved in the training, disciplining and loving. We will share things that have worked for us (and not worked for us) and lessons we have learned. We will offer gentle reminders (mainly to ourselves) to be consistent, gracious, merciful and firm. There will be days where we just encourage you to keep going, keep believing that you are making a difference, and that your reward will be great if you just finish.
Parenting is also a group effort. It is important to surround yourself with likeminded friends who can help you raise your children, offer advice and give you encouragement. If you are blessed with family who lives a God-centered life like you, count your blessings and be thankful that your children will be surrounded by Godly examples of how to live a God-honoring life. It is so important to “do life together” with others so that you are not alone. They hold you up in the bad times and celebrate with you in the good times.
(Dana teaching the kids about the Sante Fe Trail.)
(Nate teaching the kids about the Civil War)
Children are a blessing and will be delight to your soul. Look for those moments and enjoy them!
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.