How many times have you seen a mother ignore their child over and over again and see that child walk away sad?
I read an article the other day that talked about how women were struggling to stay engaged with their children. Their busy lives, busy schedules, the internet, their smart phones and so forth was pulling them away from their kids even though many times they were home with their children.
And truth be told, doesn't that just sometimes happen to us all? Don't we get distracted with the little things that seem to always pull us away that seem to happen? Yes, we do.
But I also believe that children need mothers who are engaged. I know it can be a struggle to make time to "do-it-all" but we don't need to do it all. We need to focus on the important things first.
I like that when you look at Scripture you see engagement in parenting. It creates a model for us all to follow.
HERE ARE FOUR BIBLE VERSES ON PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT TO HELP US:
1. A MOTHER WHO COMFORTS
"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you..." Isaiah 66:13
Here we see a mother who takes the time to comfort her child. This comforting can include physical or emotional comfort for a child. A child needs his mother to share this type of love.
2. A MOTHER WHO TEACHES ABOUT THE LORD
The helpful list above is a great place to start thinking about how we can improve as moms. Ask God to show you what you might need to work on.
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