We don’t get a lot of training for this parenting job, even though it quickly becomes the focus of our existence once that first baby enters our home. We all search for the best practices, hoping to find a foolproof system. Of course, every parent quickly learns that such a thing does not exist. That said, the greatest lesson I ever received in parenting came in a school in India from the most unlikely of sources.
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When Mandy and John Nielsen got married, they planned to wait a year before trying for a baby, but after a short time and with prayer, they felt prompted to try for a child sooner. What they didn’t know was their wait time would be much longer than a year before a baby would come. What made their yearning for a child so much more poignant was the deep feelings they had that they had a baby girl waiting to come to their family. They knew her. They felt her. But why wasn't the Lord sending her to them?
We all communicate things with our actions before we've even said a word. It's helpful and important to teach your children what their actions are saying so they can have better control over the message.
Standing next to the dryer and our Mt. Never-rest of laundry, I could hear my young children. They were alternately crying and cheerfully chattering in that easy, emotion shifting way that little children are known for. My husband and I have 26 of them. Not really! But when you are eight months pregnant with your sixth child, you have five previous young children, and you don’t feel well, you might briefly feel sort of like you feel like this.
Many parents of teen- or pre-teen-aged youth are confused about whether teenage rebellion is an attitude problem or whether the child is displaying healthy independence. When attitude problems seem like rebellion, parents wonder if rebellion is natural or simply a modern social construct that societies now think is developmentally normal. Here how to make sense of some of these behaviors in your children.
Each man and woman born into this mortal world of ours came through a mother. Some mothers have been warm and gentle, some young, some old, some wise, some willful. But each has been willing to give of herself that another might live. Stories of Lucy Mack Smith's mothering make it no surprise that she won the heart of the entire Church in her day.