Parenting Inspiration for Real Life


real family life

Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don’t recognize my family, per se, but recognize what’s going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as a REAL family. Toddler tantrum, tired baby, and me with my stay-at-home mom clothes, disheveled hair and “I’m really trying to make it through this picture” smile on. This is life. And sometimes (well, probably several times a day at my house) parenting looks something like this.

Periodically I hit these places as a parent where I feel like I jumped the tracks, you know? I’m tired and I’m directionless. At the end of the day I think, “What on earth am I doing?” It’s those times that I need some inspiration. So maybe you’re not like me. And, that’s cool. But…

If you are feeling the need for a little vision for why we’re doing this job…

If you’re needing a boost to fight a particular parenting sin…

If you’re wanting to grow as a parent, both spiritually and practically…

Then, here are some parenting posts that I hope will encourage us both.

Parenting Encouragement

4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made as a Parent – A reflection from the first few years of parenting that I would do differently next time around (and have with my 3rd child for the most part.)

On the Job Meditations for Moms – Here’s the only way I’ve learned to get God’s perspective during those stretches of parenting life when I don’t have time to read my Bible.

I Declare War On… – How I’m fighting against my impatience with my little ones.

Parenting 001 – This article is an honest, humble look at Kevin DeYoung’s own parenting, his parents’ parenting, and a mild indictment on all of us (including him) who make Christian parenting too complicated.

Thought-Provoking Quotes for Parents

Prayers for Parents

A Prayer for Moms: Music of Loose Ends

Prayers for Dad

This Might Be My Favorite Morning Prayer

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count

What Teaching Method is Best for Spiritual Growth in Our Kids?

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

Hiding God’s Word in My Toddler’s Heart

How to Make a Chore Chart

Parenting Book Reviews

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovich

Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony

My 2013 Book Wish List




Comments

  1. I feel a teensy bit guilty for really liking this photo. I probably shouldn’t enjoy seeing such misery on children’s faces, but you are right that it is a very accurate picture of parenting. Would have made a great Christmas card! 🙂

    • Rachel says

      Ha, ha, great idea! Wish I would have thought of the Christmas card idea 4 years ago when this was taken!

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