|Our twelve-year-old with her three-month-old cousin|
Our oldest daughter celebrated her twelfth birthday last month. As we visited family and friends over the holidays, many remarked on how much she’s grown lately. It’s a fact; she’s mere inches from being able to look me in the eye – and is loving it!
While her physical growth is exciting, I also want to ensure that we as parents are helping her grow in other areas.
- Are we growing her spirit? Helping her learn to handle disappointments, peer pressure, and a blossoming desire for independence will be important for the coming years. This is also an age where maintaining a proper attitude can make a big difference in how she interacts with us and others.
- Are we growing her compassion? Is she learning to empathize with others who are struggling in some way or who have disabilities? I battle with this myself, tending to get so wrapped up in my own life that I neglect to notice the needs of others. We can work on this together.
- Are we growing her generosity? A willingness to give and a heart quick to share with someone else will bring rewards for the rest of her life.
My prayer for her every morning is that she would have a desire to grow in her relationship with God. As we seek to walk with Him, we’ll both grow in all the right ways.