Teaching Moments In Parenting

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I’ve been a mom longer than I’ve not been a mom, I had kids rather young in today’s standards. My son who is now 18, use to jump out of bed as soon as he heard someone else up in the mornings. This made it difficult to have my quiet time, see my son is a rip and run, full of life kinda boy. I mean ALL boy from the word go! 

One morning I had snuck into the living room to read, and I heard the sound of his feet coming down the hall (he was probably 8 years old). He entered the living room and sat beside me on the couch. I decided I would take this time to tell him how much Jesus loved him and that God had plans for his life. I mean that’s how we’re supposed to do this, right? After I had had my super spiritual moment with him, he looked at me so seriously and asked, “Did God know I was going to be a chick magnet?”…Really?!?


We as parents can often try and find a teaching moment for our kids if we are willing to do so.


 I tried to hide my smile and reel in the moment from being a total loss. I responded to him with, “Well you know there is a lot of responsibility that comes with that. You will have to be extra sensitive to the girls so you don’t hurt them when they fall for you.” His face changed, and I could see he was processing my response. 

I’m reminded by this story that we as parents can often try and find a teaching moment for our kids if we are willing to do so. It is our responsibility to teach and train them. They’ve been entrusted to us by God. I don’t think everything has to be made into a sermon for our kids, but if we would take a minute here and there to quickly ask God to help us in our responses He will give us the words we need…even for an 8 year old chick magnet! Don’t shy away from the hard teaching moments or think their not listening. They are.


Don’t shy away from the hard teaching moments or think their not listening. They are.