My do-over in part include:
- Wishing I had said yes whenever possible – sometimes our first unthinking response spoken in frustration is no.
- Wishing I had been more principle-centered – less concerned about managing the moment for my sanity and more focused on larger principles – parenting with an end in mind.
- Wishing I had distinguished between maturity and heart issues that needed to be corrected
- Wishing I would have just relaxed about parenting – honestly, you are not one or two or more decisions away from turning out sociopaths!
- Focus on keeping a marriage centered home – children will grow up and leave; it’s the natural process, but the marriage will remain.
- Draw strength from taking care of your heart – for good reason the command to be filled with God’s Spirit is before marriage, children, and work in Ephesians 5:18 – 6:9. We often need a greater strength and grace than we can muster in rearing children. God will provide.
Rev. Jeff Sample