• Gerry Dumoulin

3 Parental Hacks You Need to Raise Your Kids

Being a parent is not easy. There are new stresses and more things demanding our attention than ever before. How did our parents do it? If you are like me and you look for help every where you can. Today I would like to share with 3 parental hacks that can to make things a little better for your family.

Parental Hack #1- Trust God to help you raise your children.

If there is one thing that we need more than anything else, it is to know that someone is there to help, to guide, to strengthen and give you patience when you need it most. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

One thing most of us like it is control. We like to be in charge of our lives and those around us to some degree. But something happen when you became a parent. You quickly learn that you are not in control. You have discovered that control is a mirage. You realize now you need help. God want us all to know that we can rely and depend on Him. I love what this verse teaches.  When you don’t know what to do or where to turn, trust in God.  

So you are probably thinking how do I trust God?  

Step 1: Start by entering into a healthy relationship with Jesus.  

Step 2: Start praying to God and asking him for help.

Step 3:  Start learning what God has to say to encourage and guide parents. —This means opening up the Bible and reading it, studying it and using its instructions in practical ways in our lives.

Parental Hack #2- Take time every week to teach your children an important life skill or lesson.

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

As parents there is a lot of temptation to leave the rearing of our children to the local school institutions. Here is something you might not have known. Schools were not created with the intention of replacing at home instruction and teaching. They were created to aid and assist parents.  We must take an active role in their development and education.  Let me also say that many times the same thing happens within the church. I have seen this before where parents rely solely upon the church to instruct their children in spirituals things. This ought not to be so.  The church like school is here to help. Sunday schools, children church and small groups are designed to aid parents in the spiritual development of their children.  

I believe more than anything else today parents should be taking more time to teach their children about the Bible. There are just so many life skills and lesson to be learned from the Bible. Some basic things you can begin to teach your children and even grandchildren are things like forgiving and how to pray. You can teach them stories about God and how He created everything. You can teach them about Jesus and the forgiveness He extends. You can teach them about love, trust and loyalty. 

How can you begin to teach them? Start by spending a few minutes everyday reading a verse or a small passage in scripture as a family. Then take a few moments to explain what it is teaching and then act it out. And make sure to have fun with it.

Parental Hack #3- Make time to have fun and laugh with your kids.

Notice that I didn’t say take time but make time to have fun with kiddos.  Solomon says in There are times in our lives we are supposed to have fun and laugh with the kiddos.

The reason I said we need to make time for fun is because we live in a society where everything is moving a million miles a minute. There seems to be always something going on or something that needs our attention. There is always more work to get done, there is always another errand to run, game to go to, or someone who needs our help.  Are these things bad? Of course not, but we can’t let these things prevent us from enjoying, laughing and having fun with our children. 

Before you know it they will be all grown up, out of the house. You children may or may not live near you. If your kiddos are still young make time now to do fun stuff with them.  We just don’t know how long they will have with us or us with them.

Remember what James 4:14 says, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” 

So go ahead and and plan that vacation. Make Friday night family night and get a movie or play a game.  Put these Parental Hacks into practice today and see the difference it can make in the life of your family.


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