Chapter 10 of Shepherding a Child’s Heart was especially difficult for me. Not because it took a lot of application time or extra work…but because it called on me to have a possible paradigm shift in what I thought about parenting.
Walk through a few of these quotes with me…
Parenting is your primary calling. Parenting will mean that you can’t do all the things that you could otherwise do…it will mean that you can’t develop every interest that comes along. The costs are high. (emphasis mine)
You must regard parenting as one of your most important tasks while you have children at home.
You cannot do so [parent] without investing yourself in a life of sensitive communication in which you help them understand life and God’s world.
Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart
As I re-read these, I am humbled at the role I was chosen to play as a mother. It is true that there are many things I cannot do because I am using this time in my life to be a parent.
Sometimes I forget, though, that parenting is one of my most important tasks. In my daily devotional (check out hellomornings if you haven’t yet!), one of the things you do is plan out your day. After you’ve written down all the things you need to do, there are 3 boxes next to which you write down your most important tasks for the day.
I have not once listed parenting as a top 3 priority.
While that may not be a surprise – especially since those types of exercises are meant to help you with the time structure of your day – when I am hit again with these words from Tripp I am reminded of just how important it is to set errands or household tasks to the wayside. Or at least put them on hold and only tackle what I can during naptime so I’m not wasting my time with my children.
This is not to say there are not teachable moments throughout even the mundane parts of our day (i.e. as I wash dishes, vacuum, run around town, etc). The point is that I need the constant reminder that the act of parenting – especially communication – is of the utmost importance. Only behind my relationship and communication with Christ and my husband.
This image is a sample of yet more quotes from Tripp about the importance of parenting. I pray it helps you as much as seeing it on a daily basis has been helping me.
This is part of a 31 day series of shepherding a child’s heart in 5 minutes a day (click here for the series intro). I pray this series edifies you as much as reading Tripp’s book has encouraged and challenged my husband and I in how we raise our children. Subscribe to the blog in the side bar if you’d like to get posts emailed to you in a weekly digest or subscribe on your favorite blog reader.