Most people that have kids want to be better parents. I’m one of those. And, there’s lots of books, podcasts, sermons, blog posts, relatives and friends to tell you how to do it. I recently did ONE thing that made a difference. I joined my kids on a service opportunity provided by my church.
And, that made me a better parent, because it made parenting easier. Here are 8 things that happened:
- I focused less on me and the things that bother me.
- My kids focused less on themselves and the things that bother them.
- We became more acutely aware that we can make a difference in the lives of others.
- We all became more thankful for the stuff we have, which leads to…
- We realized we have too much stuff, and that stuff isn’t really that important.
- We sensed the presence of God, knowing we are in His will.
- We became part of something much bigger than ourselves.
- Our family became a stronger “we” and not a gathering of “me.”
And, when all of those things happen, the kids fight less. It’s no longer a big deal that my daughter takes over the entire bathroom that she shares with her brother. It’s no longer a big deal that my son puts his feet on the pillow that his sister lays her head.
We see life through a different lens. And, voila, I’m a better parent. And, it didn’t take a new book, new parenting techniques, or new disciplinary measures. Who can you serve with your kids?