I’ve just finished reading Raising Godly Kids by Harold J. Sala. I learned a lot from this book. As I flipped through its every page, it made me realize what I am doing wrong and what I am doing right when it comes to raising my children. So I guess the million dollar question that needs an answer is: How do we raise godly kids in this ungodly world? Read what this book has to say and don’t forget to jot down notes! I know as a parent I have made countless mistakes, but I won’t allow those mistakes to hinder me from raising godly kids.
With that being said, allow me to share the things I learned that I’d rather not forget for as long as I live. Things that will mold me into becoming the mother that God wants me to be…
- Love in the family must be kept alive through little acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.
- Every child has gifts and abilities. Find out where your child excels and encourage him or her without ignoring the fundamentals of education.
- Give your child your undivided attention.
- If you want to be the father or mother that God wants you to be, learn to listen to your child.
- A reward for doing the right thing teaches the wrong thing.
- There are no second chances with parenting. If you fail, you can’t go back and start over.
- The wise parent has to balance protecting a child from hard knocks and letting him experience the consequence of his own actions.
- Parenting is bringing out the best in our children without condemning them for what they cannot do or making them feel inadequate when they fail to meet our expectations.
- Teach your child to evaluate what he hears and sees and to think of himself.
- Strive to be the best message you want your child to see and hear.
- You can’t pass on the baton of faith to your child unless you have it firmly in your grasp.
- Be there when your child needs your help.
- Model the value system that you believe is important.
- Build your child’s character through moral feeding.
- Teach your child to be his own person.
- You have to guard the moral and spiritual nature of your child.
- Knowing the difference between discipline and punishment gives parenting a different perspective.
I highly recommend this book to every parent who wants to make a difference in the life of his/her offspring. Dr. Sala is right when he said that there are no second chances with parenting. That if we fail, we can’t go back and start over…Years from now, I’m pretty sure none of us would want to look back and ask ourselves “What have I done wrong?”.
P.S: I’m getting more parenting books at National Bookstore this weekend. Feel free to recommend good ones. Thank you!