FAMILY VOICES
September 12, 2019, 10:00 AM

Ikea Parenting


Ikea Parenting

by Kari Larsen, Director of Family Ministry

 

 

 

If only parenting came with step-by-step instructions. We have so many roles as parents and most of them don’t come with directions. It’s like building Ikea furniture. You have the idea of what the next step looks like, but no written step-by-step instructions to get you there; only pictures of what each phase should be. For example, we bring the baby home from the hospital and we know that the next picture shows children sleeping through the night- but there are no specific instructions to accomplish that goal.

The Bible also shows us pictures of raising children. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Here the Bible says that parents are spiritual leaders for their family. We read this and think things like “parents are spiritual leaders? There is no way, how do I even do this, I’m not a pastor!”

The church probably can’t come to your house and get your child to sleep, but we do have resources to help parents be spiritual leaders. And just like how one child slept through the night at three months and some of us still have six-year-olds struggling with the concept; faith time at home will look a little different for every family.

Here are some ideas to try at home:

  • Share highs and lows from the day. Then pray about those highs and lows.
  • Read a Psalm from the Bible or read from a Bible story book.
  • Pray with your children at bedtime. It can be a memorized prayer, the Lord’s Prayer or a prayer from the heart.
  • Say a blessing for your child before they go to bed. Make the sign of the cross on their forehead and say “The Lord bless and keep you, _____”
  • Check out more ideas on our family ministry wall or at faith5.org.

These are just a few ways to build faith time at home. At our first Parenting Class this year [Sep. 26 and Oct. 3, 8:45-10:30 AM in the library], we are taking two weeks to not only share ideas, but actually practice some of these things together.

Let’s build a community that helps each other decipher the next phase for our children! And if anyone wants to come to my house and put my children to bed, I’m all for it.

 

 

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