Sunday, January 30, 2011

My First Article for Birmingham Christian Parenting Examiner

 Today I am working on my first article for Birmingham Christian Parenting Examiner. 'Establishing Christian Parenting: Boundaries'. In this article I will discuss the boundaries Christian parent's need to set for their children, even though some of the boundaries we set are comparable to those of secular parents, the boundaries Christian parents set must also differentiate. What's your take on the subject: Do you feel Christian parent's should set different boundaries than those of secular parent's? I would love your feedback.

4 comments:

raisingmarshmallows said...

Parents need to set boundaries! Christian or not, there's a lack of bounderies in many homes.

Nikki

Debra Ann Elliott said...

You are so right Nikki.

The Desert Rocks said...

I think parents are parents because of God and without God there is no parenting. Without God there is no childhood, just a void children will try to fill with something...anything.

Rhemajoy said...

I raised my children without the help of their dad from the time they were 7 and 9. They are both adults now. It was difficult as a single mom but I kept them in church and had strict boundaries. One of my children constantly pushed those boundaries. As a result of her rebellion, she has gotten herself in quite a mess of a situation as a young adult of 18. My son adhered to the boundaries for the most part. He is a strong, independent Christian and a leader in the US Navy.

Now, I am trying to learn how to parent my adult children. I think that is even more difficult. Knowing when to let go and when to reach out is quite a task at times. Adult children still need healthy boundaries. I have found that some children need more rigid boundaries than others.

I continue to struggle in my relationship with my daughter because she is still in rebellion against authority. But, I praise God for giving me a strong willed child. She has been the greatest teaching tool for me as a parent. Raising a strong willed child has caused me to constantly be on my face before God. I need discernment on when to help them...and when to let them "wallow" in the messes they make when they refuse to listen to wise counsel.

I have learned so much about God's love for me and how sometimes I need to "wallow" in my messes in order to learn to make better choices. I have learned about how much it must hurt His heart when He sees me making bad decisions...and how heartbreaking it is when He withholds His blessing for my good.

I try to follow His example now, as I continue to parent my children as adults. I still have a responsibility to set an example for them to follow...but I also have a responsibility to let them go and give them back to God as He once gave them to me to raise up in the way that they should go.

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