Saturday, February 21, 2015

Guest Blog article from Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is an excellent author whose books I have enjoyed in the past years.  As a member of her MOPS Street Team, I am happy to post a recent article of Tricia's that she posted on her own blog and has allowed us as members of her team to post on our blogs.

Tricia has many good causes and MOPS is one that she has encouraged many to become involved with and to help teen mom's cope with the stresses that they will have to deal with.  Her blog can be found at this link. Be sure to visit and learn how you can help these young women.

Her latest book that she has authored can be viewed at this site and is called Teen Mom:  You're Stronger Than You Think.

Thanks Tricia for sharing your thoughts on parenting.  We, (even us grammas) can learn from others!

Don’t Make These Parenting Mistakes

On the heels of my upcoming release with Phil Hodges and Ken Blanchard, Lead Your Family Like Jesus, I decided to poll my Facebook and Twitter friends about all things family, parenting, and leadership. Here are their answers to “What’s a parenting mistake you hope young parents don’t make with their kids?” (By the way, the official Lead Your Family Like Jesus website is up and running! Check it out here.)
“Trying to be their best buddy and not teaching respect or discipline.” ~Donita Corman
“Don’t throw money at situations. Tough love it out!” ~Mary Tullila
“I’ve seen too many parents say that they love their kids, but their actions speak otherwise. Show them that you love them every day, and make sure they know it because they may not have you tomorrow.” ~Wendy Noble
“To not forget that they were young once and understanding goes a long way.” ~Shana Marie Casey
“1. Discipline is a must. 2. You don’t need to buy them everything they want. 3. It is ok for them to be ‘bored.'” ~Michelle Strite Hortenberry
“Don’t ever result to bribery, or you will be doing it for years to come.” ~Catherine King
“Making excuses for their child’s bad behavior.” ~Lisa Eichelberger
“Becoming so absorbed in their own work that they fail to provide adequate care and love for their kids.” ~Carrie Fancett Pagels
“I think the worst mistake we can make as parents is to take childhood for granted. It is so fleeting, and each moment should be treasured, adored, and appreciated.” ~Jillian Amodio
“Coddling them and not teaching them to own up to their mistakes.” ~Melissa Reedy
“‘Guilting’ children into doing what parents want. Not letting kids make mistakes. Not teaching kids how to do things on their own (even when they will end up making mistakes). And the most important: not encouraging them to seek out their own relationship with Christ instead of trying to live through their parents’ faith.” ~Jennifer Hill
“Spending too much time hooked up to our ‘devices’ . . . and unhooked from the important little persons around us.” ~Isaac and Corrine Collura
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(Article used by permission of Tricia Goyer)   

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