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Mommy and the Joyful Three

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Erin James is the author of a mom blog on whattoexpect.com. She is a mother of three whose passion is helping other moms and dads with positive parenting.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Facing Public School Fears


With the new school year fast approaching and the many changes going on in society today, including the debate on children’s sex education curriculum, some parents understandably have doubts and maybe even fears about public schools.

To give my thoughts on this some context, let me start with my family’s story. A few years, I wrote a blog lamenting the troubles I was having homeschooling my eldest daughter. I was terrified of the public education system; but what was even more frightening was my lack of ability to maintain a schedule and teach from home.

Some people are truly gifted in homeschooling abilities. I am not. After months of watching my child fall behind, I handed her over to the public school system, the very same place I had once feared sending her. But, in that, I did something that I should have done from the start. I put her in God’s hands.

Praying parents are powerful! For those who believe in God and follow Jesus’ teachings, prayer is an imperative part of life. Should we not trust that God with our children no matter where they learn their ABCs?

Children can be a precious light to the dark world and a shining example to those who need to experience God’s love. My oldest daughter has a faith-sharing spirit. Whenever she meets someone new, she makes it a priority to share the love and peace she feels. As I struggled with not being able to properly homeschool her, God showed me something. He showed me that her outgoing and faith-filled spirit needed to be around other kids her age and that homeschooling her would stifle that spirit.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Proverbs 22:6 isn’t about homeschooling or your child’s education even. It’s regarding how we teach our children to pray, seek the Lord and trust in Him. We are to teach them constantly what it means to be Christ-like, not just how to be a churchgoer. Education is only a part of childhood. Where your child goes to school isn’t the deciding factor on how he or she will turn out. Though it is a place of influence, no school can ultimately derail any child.

If you don’t feel called to homeschool or if you feel you are not equipped to teach your children from home, do not fear. God knows you, your family and your circumstance. Give your kids to God so that no matter where they learn, whether it’s at home, in public school or private, they understand what it means to follow Jesus.

Arm your children with the ability to understand right from wrong and you will find they are capable of keeping His word and perfect will close to their hearts no matter where they spend their school days.

Are you worried about the coming school year? What are your concerns and hopes?

posted @ Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:12 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Teaching Kids What It Means to Be a Christian

We are all the hands and feet of Christ on this earth. Let’s live amongst our neighbors as He would.

posted @ Friday, June 26, 2015 10:32 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Raising a Child Who Has the Will of a Lion

Strong-willed children are a gift, but sometimes it's not easy parenting them.

posted @ Friday, June 12, 2015 3:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Don't Let Satan Past Your Doormat

It’s time to take back our families and stand on God’s Word, resisting any evil that seeks to tear us apart.

posted @ Thursday, May 14, 2015 4:06 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Trapped in the "Inter-NET"

Are you spending more time updating about your kids online than actually with them? You’re not alone.

posted @ Tuesday, May 05, 2015 4:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Speak Life to Your Children

It grieves me to overhear caregivers speak harsh words to children. Doesn’t everyone know the damage such words can have on these precious souls?

posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:45 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Teach Your Kids to Seek God in Prayer

Teaching your children to actively seek God in all they do creates a peace for them they can find in no other place.

posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:50 AM | Feedback (0)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Finding Peace with Family Failures

Let’s face it. Some of us did not have good childhoods. Some of us faced things no child should have to face. Some of us carry the baggage of our parents’ mistakes even now as adults. It’s natural to fear becoming the very things that hurt us years ago. We can worry about our lineage, as it’s held tight to those in our families who have harmed us.

posted @ Monday, February 16, 2015 11:28 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coping with Family Dysfunction

Dealing with a dysfunctional family and trying to uphold a Christian way of life is not always easy. I’ve been thrown into maddening cycles of ups and downs with my immediate and extended family since childhood. From a very young age, I was in the crossfires of gossip and arguments. I was pitted against my cousins and brothers. Fighting seemed was not only accepted but desired.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:24 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Forgive Yourself and Forge Forward

I am not one for resolutions for the New Year, mostly because I feel like I battle internally on a daily basis with new goals and ways to improve. But, this year is different. And my revelation leads me to write this new post about forgiveness and what it means to forgive yourself the way God does. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we don’t foresee the consequences our choices produce until it’s too late. We are mere humans. All of us struggle with our own “demons”.

posted @ Tuesday, January 06, 2015 4:18 PM | Feedback (0)