You're probably wondering about the daughter Isabella loves to clean-she comes by it honestly. I am a shameless clean freak. One morning I was working away in the kitchen while she had the mop I'd left out overnight to dry. And I look over to check on her and my then-7-month-old son, and say the five words I never thought I'd say as a parent, "Isabella, don't mop your brother!" He didn't mind, and she just wanted to make sure he was sparkly. So welcome to my world!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Parenting Advice from Isaiah

26:10 "If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness..."

I have been plowing through Isaiah for several months. I came across this verse one morning and it stopped me in my tracks. Who knew that Isaiah could provide sound parenting advice? As a stay at home mom of two, some days are really tiring (I know those of you with more than two are smirking at me); there are days when I'd rather pop in a movie than have a tea party, play on my computer than play with my kids, let that little attitude/infraction/disobedience slip than address it right away. In our home I spank, and sometimes having to run through the whole discipling process (vs. just the disciplining process) is a real headache.

And then I read God's word.

When I let those things slide, my children do not learn righteousness. They do not learn the right way to behave. They do not learn what God (and Mommy) requires. It becomes easier for them to do it again, and harder for me to get a handle on it in the future. Consistency isn't just a good parenting strategy, it's Bible. 'Nuff said.

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