Welcome to Season 1, Episode 7 of the Selma on Leadership podcast. The years of parenting little ones can be chaotic and exhausting, but listen in as I reflect on tips from when our girls were little and hopefully impart some encouragement. Hear from myself and co-host Kristen McCall on the lessons learned from the pre-school years of parenting.
In this episode you will learn:
- Why boundaries are so important in the early years with your children
- The impact of creating a family culture of communication
- Why this is a season of narrowing your life and saying “no”
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“Learning to say, ‘No,’ to some things, cutting some nonessentials out of your life and really saving your energy, because energy is a big issue. You do sleep less for those early years. There isn’t that adjustment in the rhythm of your life. Narrowing down your life, just really don’t let that urgent stuff get in the way of the important things.”
“We are all designed by God. We are created in his image to create. We just create differently. We have different gifts and children remind me of the joy of being creative. We all have that playbox, if we will. For children it’s the sandbox and it’s the digging for worm box. As adults we should have that too. That place where it is naturally we are using the gifts that God has given us and we are creating something. It’s a wonderful place to be. So children teach us that too.
“The ultimate goal of parenting is expressed in Deuteronomy right out of the chute in scripture that we are to teach our children to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and body, and we are to teach them the ways of God. I love what scripture says, as you walk, as you talk, as you lay down. That’s so cool about scripture because even today, in 2015, we still walk, we still talk, we still lay down. It’s basically as you do life, so in the middle of having a yes home, in the middle of digging for worms, in the middle of making pancakes which my grandson loves to do and making smiley faces and chocolate chips and all that, you can teach them about God and the ways of God and that’s the sustainable thing in a child’s life.”
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