Children Need To Feel Loved and Respected

In Isaiah 43:4, God tells His own children that we are precious to Him.
“Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life”…The New American Standard Bible

Having a vulnerable child in our lives now to nurture and raise, we must pass on this sweet sentiment. These children have suffered the loss of love in some way. That is why they are living with grandparents when they should be with their parents. Whether the parents willingly abandoned the child or died, that loss is still there. We, as the new caregiver, must saturate them with love, respect and instill a sense of self worth.

Many children raised by grandparents or through other kinship care, suffer from a lack of security and self worth. They often think something is wrong with them for their parent(s) to leave them. Did they do something bad that caused the parents to not love them? These thoughts are too much for an adult, yet rattle in a child’s tender mind.

An environment of constant, unending love is vital to the growth of any child, even more so to one who has been through the mill of dysfunction. Recycled Moms must go the extra mile in providing tenderness, patience and let the child know we are happy to share our lives with them. Comments flow like water. Every one takes root in the heart of our grandchildren. Will they grow into strong, flexible branches that bend in a storm and resume their position of support? Or will they become rigid and hard, breaking off in difficult moments to injure and sicken the trunk?

As Recycled Moms, we have the ability to soothe the pain or to increase it. Let us apply the healing balm of love to every moment of our children’s lives. They indeed are precious in our sight and we love them as Christ first loved us. Let it show in every breath we take and every hug we receive from little arms that reward the sacrifice.

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Homework!

One of the most stressful situations grandparents raising grandchildren encounter is homework. School has changed since we went there riding our dinosaurs. Even when our own children were sent off to school, it was pretty simple. The three basics, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic has grown to Computer Lab and other confusing subjects. How can we stay abreast of technology and assist our little ones with homework?

Some resources are:

http://themathworksheetsite.com/

http://www.helpwithfractions.com/

http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Reading%20Comprehension.htm

These websites offer free quizzes online or printed, practice worksheets and other great tools to help your child succeed in school. I hope they are beneficial for everyone out there.

Be Blessed!

2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

What In The World Are You Wearing?!

As grandmothers and older adults, we are left confused and bewildered when shopping for our grandchildren. The current fashions certainly were not how we dressed our own babies. Long, baggy shorts, Converse hightops and oversized shirts seem to be the rage for young boys. And young girls wear more sparkles than a movie star. The are ruffled, sequined and the skirts are no larger than a handkerchief. It is hard to know where to draw the line.

My personal opinion is that pants must be above the hip; no underwear showing. It is called underwear for a reason. Girls should not show the midriff and the shirt cannot be cut lower than the middle of the chest. I demand modesty, neatness, pressed and clean clothing on a child. We Recycled Moms can allow a youngster to be fashionable while maintaining strict standards of dress.

This will be easier to accomplish if the process is set as a foundation when the child is very young. Being a responsible parent and raising responsible kids is hard work. The payoff is priceless.

Deuteronomy 4:9 …

Deuteronomy 4:9

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children…