We celebrated Kaya’s 6 month “birthday” last week. I can’t believe how much has happened in six months. Our lives have been transformed and my baby girl is so different that she was when we first brought her home at the end of January.
This sense of awe of time passing and my sweet baby growing so much has caused me to pause and consider, to evaluate how we are doing as parents, and where baby Kaya is at now. Kaya is crawling (only backwards – lol), talking lots, enjoying watching Signing Time and turning into a total people-person. She loves going outside with mommy and daddy, and is learning to roll her pink ball back and forth with us. We’ve been teaching her “no” and trying to not reward her screaming tantrums when she has to play by herself while I make dinner. It’s not an easy thing to turn your back on a crying child to let them scream it out, even when you know it’s best for them.
Over the next few days I hope to page through some parenting books friends bought for me or loaned to me before Kaya was born, and I also plan to read the Proverbs for some wisdom about how to raise Kaya up in the fear of the Lord!
Here is a really quick, great read from Mark Driscoll on parenting (it’s aimed at dads, but I was encouraged reading it as well!). “Pastor Dad” is free online, so take advantage of that resource, moms & dads!
“A parent must respect the spiritual person of his child, and approach it with fear and reverence, for that too looks the Father in the face and has an audience with Him into which no earthly parent can enter even if he dared to desire it.” – George MacDonald
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “…Do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 18:10
“For whom the LORD loves he corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding…” – Proverbs 3:12-13