Tuesday, January 20, 2015

So My Third Grader Heard. . .

Disclaimer: This post isn't really a mom thing. :)

A couple of weeks ago my third grader heard the F word at school. One of the kids didn't know what the F word meant so the one girl blurted it out.

My girls go to a Christian school so I'm never under the impression they are immune to worldly things. Kids are kids and say and do things that can be inappropriate at times.

I had three options: 1) Freak out, 2) ignore it, or 3) deal with it in calm matter.

I chose three by God's grace. I asked her if she knew what the word meant and she told me no. Phew! 

I told her that it is a word but it is used in a bad way and it's not one you want to use. It is offensive. 

She was fine with that, then moved on to the next topic. I love that kid! 

I always want me kids to come to me and tell me anything. After fifth grade, I told my parents  nothing. I kept everything to myself and they knew only what I wanted to share. I learned to be good at avoiding topics and keeping silent. I never did anything wrong per se but I didn't reveal some things until later on in life. 

I don't want my kids to be that way. I want them to share their joys and sorrows. I want them to know that they can come to us with anything. They should never have to be afraid of being attacked, ridiculed, or made to feel like an idiot. Again, I don't do this perfectly. The Lord is teaching me to react less and listen more and I'm thankful I'm growing in that area. 

I want to be purposeful about sharing Christ to my kids. My biggest fear is that they will grow numb to the gospel because they hear it all the time. That their hearts will harden and they will reject Christ. But the Lord always reminds me of this one thing. I can't save them and He calls be to be faithful.

And this doesn't just have to be about kids. It goes across the board. It can be with a husband, child, friend, parent, etc. God has called us in different areas of life and He wants us to grow and look to Him on a daily basis. 

Friends, let us be faithful in whatever area has us.  May we remember we can't do it on our own. We can only do through Christ. This way He gets the glory. 

Parenting isn't easy. I have no idea what I'm doing but by God's grace He shows me through my failures and triumphs how to walk with Him and how to love my kids they way He wants me to.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1

2 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you have such an open relationship with your daughter! That's so special!

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    1. Thanks. I try to be deliberate about it.

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