Last week, ChristianParenting.org hosted a booth at the MOPS convention. Even as I type these words, I smile at the memories. Some moms attended, glad to have a few days to be diaper free and enjoy adult conversations. Other moms brought their babies in strollers, carriers, or papoose-like snuglies. Most of these moms came because they are in MOPS leadership and wanted to make sure they were learning all they could. They stopped by our table, interested in the new website and eager to see if we might offer help for their lives.
Some parenting knowledge transcends the generations. For example:
- Boys need to be diapered more rapidly than girls. Or, parents of boys need to carry an extra shirt in the diaper bag.
- Babies will put anything they touch in their mouths, including the cricket that hopped through the front door.
- Crying can be good exercise, and leaving the room to cry can be a good exercise for moms.
- Children are naturally inquisitive and ask lots of questions, often in front of your pastor.
- Kids experience and think about much more than they can express with words. That is why they decide to throw stuff instead.
- Every child can know that God is real. That is why teaching them daily about God matters.
Other parenting knowledge is specific to each generation. Christian parents today are faced with a lot of decisions and choices that are unprecedented.
- How old should a child be before they are given a cell phone?
- Should I send my child to a private school, even if I can’t afford it?
- How do I help my children respect their teacher’s position in the class even if they can’t respect the teaching?
- How much television should my child watch? What video games, music, and movies should I forbid? Where are the lines and when do those lines move?
- How do I make my child feel better when they are excluded from a birthday party because of their beliefs?
- Should my child play sports if the games are sometimes on Sunday?
- How do I keep pornography out of my home and what do I do when I realize my child has seen a lot already?
- Do I allow my child go to a birthday party at the home of their friend’s gay parents?
- How do I teach my child to believe the Bible when the president says the Bible got it wrong?
- How do I teach my child to love Jesus when following Jesus costs them a friend, a place on the team or a scholarship to college?
This new generation of parents will face decisions and circumstances that their parents, grandparents, and ancestors would have never considered possible. Parents today will set examples for parenting that didn’t exist before. And these moms came to Wisconsin to try to get some good advice. They want to be good moms who raise their children to know and love God.
ChristianParenting.org wants to help you, whenever possible. We are only one year old, which means we still have a lot of growing to do. How can we help? What articles do you need? And, how can we pray for you? Let us know and we will do our best to provide you with help for the toughest job you will ever love.
We exist to help you raise children who will know and love God. You have our prayers, our support, and our encouragement because you have an impossible job that is made possible by God. We want to cheer you on as you raise the next generation of Christian leaders, Christ-followers and godly parents.
It was GREAT to meet you all! May the Lord bless your journey as you parent his kids.