Imperfect Parenting

photo by Barbara ReyesNobody is a perfect parent. And who decides what perfect parenting is, anyway?

Good parenting, on the other hand, we do know a thing or two about; and it ain’t always pretty.

“Does that bookshelf really have to be perfect?” is a good reminder to take advantage of opportunities for relationship building with your kids.

Consider this story of a dad dealing with letting his teenage sons see him fail. Or, this mom’s confession about the hard times when one kid’s crying, another’s pouting, the third spilled the pancake batter and the patience is a bit hard to come by.

How about an ‘everyday theology’ for parenting? Check out this short review of the book Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People.

 

 

This post is for parents of children and teens and it addresses issues of failure, modeling/teaching, patience, love, and relationship building.

Photo by Barbara Reyes, hosted by Marion Doss. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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Sunday Follow-Up

On Sunday, February 17, 2012, Pastor Chelsey shared another of the biblical images of God. You can hear “As a Father Carries His Son” from Deuteronomy 1.19-2.1a on our Church website.

“I Will Not Let You Go” is the true story of a father loving, struggling, disciplining and learning about carrying his son– all the while falling more in love with the Heavenly Father.

What are the images of God that sustain and encourage you?

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC.

When it’s hard being single.

Even if you aren’t single, we hope you’ll spend time with all of today’s resources. The first is an honest reflection from Lore Ferguson entitled “Sleeping Alone.” Remember how different other people’s lives are from your own.

When your single status shows no sign of change, it’s easy to give up hope. But in “Is Hoping a Waste of Time?” Ashley Boyer reminds us of where our true hope lies– and to take it one day at at time.

Last for today is spoken word art on waiting. You know what we mean… “I will wait for you” by Jannette:

This post is for adults of all ages reflecting on singleness. It provides reflection questions, empathy, and inspiration to stay faithful to God through all things.