I recently read Chasing Famous: Living the Life You’ve Always Auditionedfor by Lisa Lloyd and was impacted by this statement taken from her chapter on parenting titled Stage Mom. I will confess with a daughter very active in a children’s musical theater group, I am technically a stage mom but hopefully not the kind of stage mom whose sole focus is making her child famous. Our studio focuses on no part is small and the value of a community where all contribute to a bigger goal – putting on a great show for the audience. Lisa challenged me to continue to focus on more than just my child’s worldly success.
” The purpose of parenting, and therefore my job as a mom, is to partner with
God to shape the spiritual trajectory of my kids’ lives so that they leave home bent on making God famous.” Lisa Lloyd
In a culture where we as parents often invest hours and dollars in equipping our children athletically, academically and/or musically, what would it be like if we invest that same drive toward their spiritual and emotional development?
I recently shared with a moms group, a message on the Intentional Summer Experiment, encouraging them to dream, prioritize, and equip themselves to use that extra time our kids have at home with us in the summer to create meaningful moments, memories, connections and maybe address life skills that the hectic school and activity schedule crowd out.
I gave them permission to accept the fact that probably none of us would even be 50% successful but if we allowed God to work, we might join Him in creating something different than the evolving boredom that often makes our little ones a little lazy and drives us a little crazy.
One of the ways I love to create spiritual instruction in our home is through quality Christian books for kids. Below is an example of a great board book with solid Biblical information for kids even older than preschool and some adults. I’m giving away a copy provided by the publisher to one of my email subscribers this month so make sure you are on the list.