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Episode 93 // Parenting tips for the busy mom: 3 ways to love your kids well in the craziness of Christian family life (Foundational Pillars 101)

What are we talking about today?

If you’ve ever described yourself as a “busy mom” then today’s conversation is for you!

When we’re busy, it can be a lot harder to stay intentional and focused on building great relationships with our kids. The schedule and daily exhaustion can overwhelm us!

But loving our kids is one of our top priorities as moms – and as a Christian mom, there is an extra joy and responsibility to disciple our kids throughout the busyness and brokenness of this world. 

So today, join me as we look at 3 ways to parent our kiddos well, with biblical encouragement and practical tips just for your Christian family!

Let’s dive in.

Listen to Episode 93:

If today’s topic is meaningful to you, you’ll also want to check out these earlier podcast episodes that connect with this same topic:

  • Episode 8 // Five practical strategies for building quality family relationships and deepening your family bond
  • Episode 17 // How can I be a good parent? Let’s apply 4 helpful Bible passages to this key parenting question.
  • Episode 34 // How can we intentionally shape our family life? Psalm 1 in the Bible gives wisdom and biblical encouragement to the busy mom.
  • Episode 69 // Daily sacrifice is the reality of a Christian mom … but how do we do it joyfully?

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40 Day Devotional (Anger)

Our kids have a special way of pushing us toward frustration and impatience! And emotions can easily get in the way of parenting the way that we want to. If anger sometimes gets the best of you with your kids, dive into God’s Word for wisdom, encouragement, and help.

Let me also offer a FREE resource that I know will be helpful:

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Today's Episode Highlights

One of the foundations for healthy Christian family life is loving your kids well. Parenting takes so much time, energy, emotion, and perseverance. It can drain us, but it is definitely worth it!

But when life is busy, it is easy to get distracted away from our actual priorities. We miss opportunities to invest in our kids lives. The stress of a busy schedule can escalate our emotions and create unwanted interactions with our kiddos. 

These 3 practical steps will help.

3 steps for loving your kids well

One of our first steps in parenting as a Christian mom is to intentionally talk with our kids about God in a natural way. Consider these verses from Deuteronomy 6:

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (v. 6-9)

At every moment, there is opportunity to talk with our kids about God. The more that we keep our eyes open for these opportunities, and practice them (with prayer!), the more comfortable we will feel opening the door to these conversations with our kids. 

A second step is to discipline our kids intentionally. Consider Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.”

Discipline is not fun, but it is necessary! And if we wait until the heat of the moment when our child is being disobedient to decide how to handle it, we are not likely to handle it well. Instead, be intentional. Have a plan for house rules and consequences. 

Finally, live out the practical step of getting quality time AND quantity time with your kids. The more time you are spending actually with your kids, the more likely it is that quality moments will happen. 

Yes, life is busy. But our kids should be a centerpiece of our schedule, not an add-on. If their extra curricular activities, your volunteer schedule, or the family calendar in general are getting in the way of spending real time together as a family, something needs to change.

Try these parenting resources

Having some practical tools and resources always helps me work on important goals in my life! In the short Friday Faith Follow-up episode below, I share more about these resources. Click the links to learn more!

  1. Try the free 5-day email course: 5 Tools Every Busy Mom Needs to Move Her Family From Autopilot to Intimacy
  2. Don’t let emotions get the best of you as a mom. Grab the 40 Day Devotional on Anger and Emotional Control.
  3. Use a planner that keeps your priorities front and center, ahead of the schedule and to-do list. I love The Hope Planner.
  4. There are quite a few simple, inexpensive, helpful tools in my Etsy shop for busy Christian moms! Try the 104 Activity Ideas for Rainy Days, Kids Weekly Planner (which mirrors a weekly planner for you!), the Family Faith Challenge, or the Kids Gratitude List.

Friday Faith Follow-up

I’m a big fan of trying new things, finding resources that work, and not trying to live life all on my own. So in today’s short episode, I’m sharing a few of my best resources to help you in the parenting journey. The links for these resources are above.

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