Balance is equally important for your children. As a parent it’s our responsibility to teach them how to nurture and take care of their spirit, soul and body.
Just as you feed their physical bodies, take time to feed their spiritual side with positive guidance that will allow them to develop into a confident individual. Carefully choose words of affirmation and encouragement in your daily routines, and when necessary, correct them using kindness and wisdom. Never crush a child’s spirit by disciplining in anger.
None of us are perfect parents. However, one thing we believe we did right was having a weekly family night. To this day, as young adults, our children love to come over for a meal, some games and a hearty conversation about their spiritual lives! What a cool blessing that is for us.
As well, I highly encourage you to have a devotion time with your children. You can simplify the message. When you’re done you can also pray with them. We were always amazed at the things our kinds would pray for. Taking time to practice these disciplines will surely give them a foundation of knowledge and truth that will sustain them throughout the years.
When it comes to their physical health, be sure to emphasize the importance of making healthy choices with their food, how to eat in moderation, why water is important for their bodies, the benefits of exercise, and how true rest refreshes their bodies.
They are looking to you as their role model… They will do what they see you do, which is scary, I know! So, do your best to be a great example of balance in your spirit, soul and body. Nothing in life is more rewarding than having been given the honor to raise and steward a child.
Be encouraged, God placed your children in your care because He believes in you! And remember: you have all the ‘grace’ you need for this! I’m praying for you!