Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families by Michelle Anthony is a book which I recently read.
What is Spiritual Parenting?.
In the book Michelle defines spiritual parenting as an approach to reminds me that it’s not my job to merely control my children’s behavior, but rather it is my job to model with authenticity what I have in my relationship with God through Christ
One needs to create spaces where GOD can work his wonders.
This can be through a variety of activities like a few of those listed below.
- faith community
- stepping out of your comfort zone
There are 10 different environments which are exposed to in our lives where GOD resides. However before we start looking at these environments we need to pray and ask for GOD’s directions to guide us to reach our potential as a spiritual adviser to our kids.
The best way to get your child to understand and remember the Big Story /chapters in the bible is to tell stories based on your personal experience. We need to show how god uses the circumstances in our lives – both the positive and the negative- to bring us closer to himself. In this way our kids will be able to understand how GOD works in their lives too.
The faith of children is most likely to grow when
they have the opportunity to associate with
adults who are growing persons who know
and love God. The child’s faith is inspired
when he or she belongs to an inclusive
community that seeks to live out God’s love.
Even though the kids may error in their ways it is up to us as an adult to guide them and send them down the right path. We are their spiritual guide here on earth and it is very beneficial for them to be provided with the various stones they need to help anchor their faith in GOD.
I have been struggling to find the best way to enhance the kids knowledge in GOD. Born a Catholic and having been through all the different rites and even Sunday school I do find my faith lacking.
There are many parts in the Christian faith that I have been questioning about its relevance in today’s world. Certain practices seem outdated and more man made then what is actually stated in the bible.
Reading the book gave me a better insight on how other Christian parents are bringing up their children and how they create an environment of responsibility at home with GOD at the center of focus.
Creating opportunities where children are able to take responsibility for their actions and ownership of their family members, school and community is what we should do as a parent.
It is important for one as a parent to take responsibility for oneself and be proactive . Lead by example as this is the best way of teaching a child.
Many a times while disciplining my kids I am unable to solve the problem as only stop- gap measures have been used. The root problem was not exposed and healed so that it no longer causes the negative problem. This is an area which I will have to focus on in order to accelerate the kids Spiritual formation.
Do grab a copy of the book and I’m sure it will make your journey as a parent much clearer.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine. This post has affiliate links.