Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Loving Your Children is Taking Good Care of Them

If you love your children, you will take good care of them. The first place you begin caring for them is when you find out you're pregnant! Eat the most nutritious food you can afford since everything you eat affects them. Cater more to your body and what is good for it than to your taste buds. Only take drugs if necessary since all drugs are toxic to the human body and have side effects. Care more for the baby being formed inside of you than for your desires of the flesh.

After they are born, nurse them for at least a year if possible, since this is so much healthier for them. Man will never be able to improve upon God's baby food. Understand that infancy goes by so quickly, so spend time rocking your baby and having your baby close to you. This is a special time for mother and child.

As the child grows, make sure your child is safe. Do everything in your power to accomplish this and then allow the Lord to do the rest. Be the one to raise your baby since you are their mother and this is the job God gave to you. Watch what goes into their minds. Only allow good and wholesome books to read. Shelter them from evil. Watch closely who they play with since bad company corrupts good morals. Be careful what they see. The images you see on TV may not affect you but they may affect them greatly. Watch what they eat and the amounts they eat; teaching them self-control in all areas of their life. Teaching them to enjoy healthy food begins when they are young. Train their taste buds for food the way God created for it to be eaten; not processed to death with a bunch of added chemicals to it. When you ask them to do something, train them to obey immediately. This will make raising them much more enjoyable. Make sure they get plenty of sleep for this is important for health and well-being.

As soon as they are able, teach them how to help you around the home. They should be able to empty the dishwasher, fold their clothes and put them away, keep their bedrooms clean, etc. Don't do everything for them. Make them learn to work hard. Teach them responsibility.

My four year old grand daughter folded these clothes and wanted her mommy to take a picture and send it to me. She folded clothes with me when she was very little and has become an excellent folder of clothes! It is never too young to begin.

Don't let them complain and fuss. Teach them to be grateful instead, saying "please" and "thank you." Make sure they respect you so they will respect all authority in their lives. Yes, raising children is a full-time job but when your children grow up walking in Truth, there is NO greater joy!

Finally, this is a comment Ken left on my post Do You Love Your Children Enough to Discipline Them? "Hard work, serving others over self, seeking to please instead of be pleased all the time, kind words, controlling anger, watching out for what goes into the body, their eyes, ears and mouth, being on time, exercise, maintaining proper weight and nutrition are all disciplines that must be put on with the fruit of self-control. What few realize that the punishments from a life with a lack of self-discipline is far worse than any pain of discipline one must accept to do the right thing in the first place. This is why accountability is so important. To have others help us to lead disciplined lives because we look into the future and do not like what we see as the results of our weaknesses or lack of self-control." 

That about sums it up! Without discipline, your children's lives will be a mess. Please, take care of the children the Lord has blessed you with by making sure they learn discipline for without it, they will suffer terribly. This is a huge aspect of taking good care of them.

Older women likewise...teach the young women to be sober, 
to love their husbands, to love their children.
Titus 2:3, 4