donotAs you develop as a person or raise a family there are some things you have to be on your guard about. At least, in this blog I’ll try to point out some of the things I’ve been guilty of many times so you don’t have to repeat the same mistakes.

Don’t be in a hurry to correct. There’s nothing a child can get into (or an adult for that matter) that can’t be corrected after they have actually done something. We see a child headed for the ‘forbidden’ trash can and we’re trying to verbally check them when they were only trying to come around and see us in the kitchen and it sounds like you scolded them for heading towards you.

Don’t over-correct. If an adult is already speaking to the child, you don’t need to start a ventriloquist act unless you’re the dummy.

Don’t turn yourself, your friends, or your children away from the faith. There’s nothing darker (Acts 13) for a parent to do than to develop a life full of good things that excludes the nurture and knowledge of the Lord. I know none of us wants to act out the part of the sorcerer that seeks to conjure a life that’s just fiction.

Don’t try to live someone else’s life. It’s so easy to try to ‘keep up the the Jones’ and get our priorities misplaced. Keep it simple. Keep it real. Keep it yours.