Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2
This verse talks about “changing the way you think.” But changing the way you think means that you have to start developing good habits. Let’s focus on your parenting habits.
As parents, you strive to help your kids learn good habits: Brush your teeth, make your bed, do your chores, finish your homework–and the list goes on.
You have developed habits too–good and bad. We laugh off bad habits, but in reality, the habits you choose affect the quality and impact of your life.
Leadership Author and Speaker John Maxwell stresses the importance of habits:
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
What is your daily routine? At home? At work?
Your habits affect everything you do in life. Are you in the habit of praying daily? Spending time in God’s Word? Praying with your kids before school?
Habits can be negative as well. Do you raise your voice too often at your kids? Say something you really don’t mean? Spend too much time doing work at home?
The secret of your success as a parent is found in your daily habits.
Do you practice habits that encourage, build up, and support?
Or do you practice habits that focus on negativity, complaining, and controlling?
Practicing good habits will not make you a perfect parent, but practicing can make good habits a permanent part of your parenting focus.
What are the habits that you’d like to practice in order to be the type of parent you want to be? Perhaps take a few minutes this week to think about this. Write them down and pray about them every day, that God would help you develop habits that help your kids grow strong in Him.