As we approach the day we celebrate and honor mothers, I'm happy to report that moms around the country are joining with me to raise our children to become the people that God intends them to be. It's so encouraging to see a groundswell of support from moms and dads across the country for the principles and actions I promote in 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family. I continue to be encouraged and inspired by the stories of how you are rising up like mother bears and fighting the cultural lies that are robbing your kids of their best futures. Please continue to send me your challenges and successes, and I, in turn, will pass some of them along to encourage and equip other moms. You can e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website at www.HowToSaveYourFamily.com.
Each week I also hear from new moms who know something is amiss in the culture, instinctively know they need to change how they are parenting, but aren't quite sure where to start. So what is the best way to begin? By living out the principles, behavior and values you want your children to develop.
So as I salute you in your efforts to truly mother your kids, here are ten simple ways how you can set the example for your children starting right now:
1. Always model honesty and truth. There is no difference between a "little white lie" and a "big fat lie" and our kids know it. If you are even a "tad bit" dishonest in your speech or actions you are modeling complete dishonesty. And for goodness sake, don't ever, ever ask your children to lie for you. When you instruct your kids to tell callers that you aren't home when you really are, you are damaging the development of their consciences, and asking them to sin on your behalf. Don't do it.
2. Speak up when you see or hear something wrong. Don't assume that kids will understand that something is wrong. When you encounter material or situations that offend your values, let your child know how you feel and why. Always remember that to your child, your silence is an endorsement of the behavior at hand.
3. Let your kids see you reading good material. Children and teens notice what their parents read. Stay away from the trashy "women's magazines". Go through your home right now and throw the junk away, and cancel your subscriptions. Replace it materials that actually reflect your values, and make it a point to let your kids see you reading them.