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Sprouting Child: Using Everyday Conversations to Instill Values

My little sprout is in Kindergarten right now learning about the alphabet, colors, numbers, and other things all while singing and playing unawares of how much her little brain is soaking up. Children learn without even being aware of it 24/7.

This allows us to use every moment to teach them about love, life, responsibility, and everything else we want to instill in them.  Recently a trip to the grocery store turned into a pretty in-depth conversation about higher education with my 6-year-old in which I was able to instill quite a number of things I wanted her to know and believe!

I typically go to the grocery store about once a week, but I needed to make an extra stop and my little sprout tagged along. Tired from school she wanted to ride in the cart and so I helped her in. Honestly I really get through the store faster when she is in the cart, even though I occasionally end up with crushed bread, missing fruit, and extras ūüôā

As we were cruising the  produce aisle we talked about her day at school. She was really excited because she had decided she wanted to be a scientist, a veterinarian, and also discover new animals.

“Mommy when I grow up can I be more than one thing?” she asked me overwhelmed with the choice of what to choose to do for the rest of her life. (she has been dramatic since birth)

I told her that she’d have to do well in math & science, get her undergraduate degree, her masters degree, as well as a doctorate and she could be all three! A research scientist that works with animals.

In that conversation she learned how important school was, that she could be whatever she put her mind to, that I believed in her dreams, that I would support her no matter what, that she was capable, that it was possible, that hard work was valuable, that I value her voice, that I love her, and many other things that will Sprout in the future.

I learned a lot from talking with my daughter about higher education, I got to know her hopes and dreams, though they may change, and as a Mama it helped me Grow a little too.

With our children we have the awesome opportunity to cultivate wonderful things in them, love, kindness, honesty, integrity, faith.

Every moment is a chance for us to teach them by example, by direction, and through guidance how are you using the time you have with your Sprouting Children? 

Growing Mama

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Romans 14:19

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification”¬† Romans 14:19

Everyday has the potential to be life changing. I come into contact with numerous children and adults each day. ¬†Romans 14:19 talks about us making the effort everyday “to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification”.

Edification means  the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually, guidance, and building up of the soul.

Sometimes I may see a person that seems unhappy, lost, or afraid. According to the Word we are to lift them up, offer them words of peace, that may lead us both to mutual moral development and a life and soul more connected to Him.

In your day to day life, listen to the Word, and make every effort you can to help others build up their souls and lives with God. We are the Light of the World, let’s shine.

Growing Mama

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Junior was a man of astounding character Anchored and Taught by his mother Guided and Lead by his father. He was a child born into a family that held firm standards, had familial traditions and legacies, and raised children as a village.  By the time he reached college he was a strong, well-rounded, grounded man, and Leader. As a Leader he made profound changes in the world and brought on the Civil Rights Movement.

“Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless effort and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God; and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation and irrational emotionalism. We must have time and we must realize that the time is always right to do right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

All children have the potential to become Great Leaders. The Civil Rights Movement & The Women’s Liberation Movement opened the door for children to have access to greater opportunity no matter¬†their¬†sex or race.

Nonetheless it still relies upon Mothers & Fathers to cultivate & develop children through Teaching, Leading, Guiding, and Anchoring. Without a good foundation in life children have great difficulty building a life for themselves.

Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World, His Parents Gave Him the Tools.

For More Information About Martin Luther King & His Life Click The Link Below

http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king

Tough Times

We’re in a¬†recession and¬†people are jobless and losing their homes. The world seems to be becoming more and more dangerous. People are holding signs up downtown with words on them like, “it’s the end.”¬†Talking heads across all the networks are talking about things as if they will never get better. The Republican debate Saturday probably prompted many people to start stressing out about another war, and the past mistakes of our Country.

It’s seems like we are all in Survival mode. Nobody seems to be living, and if they are we think it’s because they have nothing to worry about, no financial concerns, no health problems, and no debt, ¬†and they must be rich and or perfect.

God does not want us to just survive. Just remaining alive and existing is not enough. God wants us to live abundantly. Yes in this earthly place things have been tougher in recent years, we have been at war for a while, are government has been dysfunctional, we been charging everything , and we’re drowning in debt but, We Still Have God.

No matter what is going on in the world, we need to flourish in our relationships with God and our families. Your children, your parents, and the rest of your friends and family need you to continue to grow spirituality¬†and in your daily life. Yes the world is dragging its feet but you shouldn’t, God isn’t.

We have to remember that everything we need is in Christ. And in this time where people are merely surviving and existing please remember that we are to be the beacons of light in this darkness.

I hope that you can challenge yourself, your family, and friends to keep chasing the vision you have for your family, keep moving forward in the loving relationships in your lives, keep living and glorifying God, as Christians we know that this is just a season and we need to keep our lights burning so that others without it will be drawn closer to Him.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. РMatthew 5:14-16

Growing Mama

A Child’s Walk

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” – Proverbs 22:6

Children rely upon their parents and the other adults in thier lives to teach them how they ought to live. They pick up on the things we do more often than they pick up on the things we say.

As a mother it is up to me to stay acutely aware of that fact. My behavior while driving, shopping, cleaning, socializing, and engaging with my child is creating neural pathways in her brain that will eventually become permanent. As she ages she will act based upon what I have shown her by behavior and allowed her to see in other people’s behavior.

Children are being trained and taught about life every second of their lives.

In the womb the moment thier little ears finished developing they began listening to our language. This listening continued after birth and within a few short months they were ready to make vocal sounds. Eventually these sounds started to mimic what we said to them, and by about one year of age or so  they are able to command us to act with the use of language.

Childhood is similar to the womb. The mother and father as well as others allowed into the child’s space imprint values, ideals, and beliefs about life. Once an adult the child relies upon those teachings ¬†this is all she knows, “…she will not turn from it.”

Unborn children become walking and talking children. Children become walking & talking adults. ¬†Our home is the womb where our children develop, let’s make it a home full of Christian Values so that when our children age that will imprint upon them, not the noise of the outside world.

Remember they have a path to walk just like we did, let’s have them start with the end in mind, God.

Growing Mama

A New Year

For Americans the New Year represents a new start, a new beginning, a fresh opportunity to change their lives. We set up goals, changes we want to make, and imagine ourselves 20lbs lighter by summer.

We do this because many of us have the understanding that the past year is a year we did not live well, it was not up to the standards we  have for ourselves. Maybe we promised ourselves a few things but never got around to making the changes. Maybe we promised our kids we would play with them more, but we never got around to it. Maybe we said that we would volunteer some time to but never did.

Things like that cause us to doubt ourselves, judge ourselves, and ultimately feel bad. The Good News is this New Year or middle of the old one you can start fresh.

He wants us. Failures, liars, promise breakers, cheaters, short cut taking, lazy, selfish, sinners, He wants us still.

“If you’ve messed up just turn to God,” Pastor Jason Light House Christian Center.

Just do your part, follow Him, Live his way.

The messier the life, the greater the testimony, the bigger miracle the person can be to the next person.

He loves cracked pots, because through them He can shine.

Take this New Year to Ask Him to Forgive You and start Fresh a New Soul in Him.

Growing Mama

Sprouting Child

Children soak up everything around them. Their imagination is innocent and wild. They run gleefully around without a worry in the world. They feel safe and secure because of the Anchors and Guides in their lives.

Our society is not perfect. It does not protect children sufficiently from inappropriate media, consumerism, unhealthy food, unrealistic ideas, or immoral behavior. It also fails to teach them things like charity, love, hope, and kindness. There are many beautiful things here in our society but there are also a lot of ugly things too.

As Mothers we need to be sufficiently aware of this fact. Our children rely upon us to teach and guide them long into their adult years. Not just 0-18, but until our deaths and even after our deaths, what we taught them will still be with them.

Legacy is usually used in reference to great wealth or fame. For us though, it means something much more valuable than that. It means leaving our children with all the tools and confidence needed to live Good healthy lives. Our goal is to leave a legacy the would give them personal responsibility, empathy, kindness, a sense of justice, fairness, and a relationship with God. All the things they need to be amazing people contributing to the many beautiful changes happening in the world.

Growing Mama

A Journey

A family is a growing tree of life, love, and faith. As mother I am the Anchor and a Nurturer, teaching the life lessons that last forever. It is up to me to build the foundation for her to crawl, stand, walk, and eventually build her identity upon.

In order to do this I have to grow as a christian,¬†¬†as a woman, and as a mother. We all have to. Life is not static. It moves, changes, flows, and breathes. Everyday I change, so does she, and so do you. Life can be difficult if we view it as a stable, concrete, thing, it isn’t.

We grow because that is the one truth that we all know to well. Change comes in the form of the Good and the Bad. Lost jobs, broken hearts, births, deaths, joy, hope, sorrow, and love. It all comes racing non-stop without fail.

The question is, do you know where you are going? Because where you go your child and family are sure to follow necessarily. If you do not know where you going it is important to find out.

When you do not know where you are going someone else is making that decision for you and your family, whether the forces behind the wave pushing your family along are the media, random people, good, bad or ugly is something to figure out and change.

A family is an evolving living thing. A place were children are raised, taught about the world,  and introduced to God. Mothers are the Anchor and fathers are the Guides. What your family seeks determines where it goes.  Growing Mama Sprouting Child is about that Journey.

What is your family seeking? Who is guiding your family? Who is your family’s anchor? Where is your family going?

In order to be a Nurturer and Anchor and or Guide, we mother’s have to grow in order for our children to sprout from the soil we have sown with¬†conscious¬†intent.

Growing Mama