Aren’t there times in your life when you just want to go back to being a child? There are times when we look at our own children and want to do what they are doing or we remember those days in our childhood when we did similar things. There are certain times that I look at children now and remember when I did that in my childhood. It makes me feel old to see the things that I used to do and play with coming back now that I am older! There are certain things that I remember doing when I was a child and I had such a wonderful childhood that I want to give my children a similar one.
No matter what the time of the day is, no matter how old my children get I want to be able to have a family meal at the end of each day. When I was a child whatever had happened in the day we used to sit down as a family and have a meal. It was not until I was older that I realised not everyone has this. I want my children to have this because then we all have a time to talk about our day, we can talk about what has happened, what our plans our for the evening. It means that we are able to set time aside to be with our family and children. No matter how much homework they have, no matter what day they have had, no matter how my children are feeling I want them to have a family dinner at the end of the day.
I want my children to not only sit down and have a family dinner at the end of the day but I also want to spend time with each child at the end of the day when it is bedtime. I remember when I was younger and my mum or dad would read and book to me and then do a bedtime prayer for a safe night. When I have children I want to spend time with them reading a book or just talking at the end of the day. I once heard a story that you have to always have the master room ready for children. This does not mean that things have to be tidy but that whenever your child needs you, you are available. I heard that as young children they like to be in the bed with parents but as your children get older they are going to find it harder to come to you. If you older child needs to talk let them come to you in the master room and talk.
I have heard it said along with this story that after dinner sit in the master room and let the children have time to come and talk to you. I was very blessed when I was younger that my parents were always ready to talk about anything. I found it hard to be open, I found it hard to talk about serious things but I knew that they were always willing to talk and to give me the time that I needed and wanted. I am so thankful for the time that I had when I was a child and I want to give my children what I had as a child. As I begin to have children and as they grow up I want to be the best parent I can be and if I am half of what my parents were to me then I will be thrilled! I want to be the best parent that I can be but I will make mistakes, I will fail them and I will get annoyed.
It can be hard work to be parents but there will be times when I need more support and because my parents were the best I can turn to them. However, there will be times when they are not available and busy and so because of this I am able to turn to God. I am able know that He will give me the strength that I need, He will be there when I need to cry out to someone and He will help me to be the best parent I can be and I can come to Him at anytime and I am thankful for that. I know that sometimes I will fail and make mistakes but He will not and if I can lead my children to Christ then I have been the best parent that I can be.