As a father, I enjoy every stage of parenting. From infancy to adulthood, parenthood offers wonderful surprises and opportunities to learn new things about your children.
Of course, there are always challenges along the way. At its heart, parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. When you start a family, you should be in it for a long time.
That’s why many parents are emotionally drained. They believe that the secret of a successful family is to work harder. But striving to “be better” and “achieve more” will only get parents so far.
There may be times when parents face a deadline on a work project, a busier schedule of household activities, or involvement in church or within the community. Busy times can be managed; a lifestyle of busyness can eventually become toxic. It puts families on a carousel that goes round and round, faster and faster, and you can’t get out
CS Lewis said, “I don’t believe that good work is done in haste.”
Moments of rest are just as important to a healthy family life as productivity. And by “rest” I mean more than just a blank spot on our calendar. We need space to breathe, to clear our minds, and to decompress. Not just once a year on vacation, but monthly, weekly, even daily.
That is not easy to do. No one will give us a margin. We have to take it. Which means talking to people not with wisdom and grace. We want to handle opportunities and other people well, but it’s good to have boundaries that say, “Enough.”
With good margins, you could say not on things that are not important and yea of the things that are being done. You can’t be a perfect parent, but there are countless ways to be a good parent. Parenting is worth our best efforts, but it doesn’t require you to be a superhero.
As We Focus on Family Broadcast “The Joys and Challenges of Parenthood,” we want to zero in on the early years of parenthood and offer some “best practices” for raising children. Think of it as a Parenting 101 course.
Here with us to share her expertise is Katharine Hill. He is the UK director for Care for the Family, a sister ministry to Focus on the Family. He reminds parents of young children to be more intentional, to enjoy their parenting journey, and to keep their family and faith a top priority in the midst of a busy life.
Katharine’s book If You Forget Everything Else, Remember This: Parenting in the Primary Years available for a gift of any amount. For more information, click HERE. Or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).