Passing Down Loyalty

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Proverbs 22:6 NIV “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

My sweet strong-willed two and a half year old princess is not only a toddler, but a bit of a late communicator.  That being said, we are experiencing LOTS of tantrums due to her not being able to communicate what she wants or why she is frustrated.  This has been a source of frustration for my family as we navigate each day.

For 21 days in August, our church is doing a time of prayer.  One of the things I am praying and believing God for during this time of focus is my princess to be a better communicator and a strengthened relationship between us.

While I was focusing my thoughts on my princess and diffusing tantrums I got on Pinterest and came across this blog by Toddler Approved on calming toddler tantrums:  http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2013/11/my-favorite-tip-for-calming-tantrums.html.  I went through a few more articles that branched from this one on tantrums and enjoyed each one.  Highly recommend!

As I read through I began to feel refreshed and a peace that I was not alone, nor was this my fault.  As I sat enjoying not feeling overwhelmed by guilt, a deeper thought touched my heart that in standing by my toddler during a stressful moment and not walking away or giving up is showing my child loyalty.  

In the Bible, God’s Word shows us that He never leaves our side, so why should we leave the side of our child when they are the most vulnerable? Our children were given to us as a measure of God’s faithfulness to us and a heritage of God’s Kingdom.  As mommy’s we need to know that we are not alone and this is a season.  Our children will not throw themselves down and scream forever.  On the contrary, they are growing each day whether we see it or not and will do great things for the Kingdom of God.  We need to keep on loving the children that we have been blessed with as God loves us.  

As we stand by our children through this tough season of toddler hood, and many more tough seasons to come, we are teaching them the value of loyalty to those who care for you and ultimately God’s love for all of us.

Psalm 103:17-18 NIV “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.”

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