Spring has arrived, at least here in the South, as evidenced by the time my husband spent working in the yard this weekend. Killing weeds, fertilizing grass, and sprucing up the landscaping is part of the season.
So it is with our children. As moms, we are constantly pruning and fertilizing, helping our children remove negative qualities while adding positive ones that will enable them to grow strong and healthy.
What does it take to grow a child? No matter the season of parenting, there are certain components to be considered.
Here are three that I have found valuable.
1. Patience. Just as in gardening, our efforts aren’t going to pay off right away. Like waiting for our plants to bloom, so it could be weeks, months, or years before we see the results of the consistent prayer, love, time, and discipline that we have invested. Yet we must continue on, following the principles that God has given us.
2. Self-sacrifice. Especially in the early years of motherhood, we are often called upon to put our wishes and desires aside in order to meet the needs of our children. Even now, there are nights when I would rather sit on the couch and read a book by myself than head to our daughters’ room to read aloud. However, I know that they treasure that time and that it is a way of building our relationship.
3. Respect. A child grows well when we respect him for who he is. Every child has a unique personality. Techniques that impact one child may have no effect on another. We can respect our children enough to learn how they are wired so that we can minister to them effectively.
What other traits do you think are important in helping to grow our children?