May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful! (Proverbs 23:15)
Maybe you are considering parenting your baby but are scared that you won't be able to provide your baby the care he or she needs. Here are six lessons on parenting from the best parent ever:
Bathe your baby
When your baby wakes up in the morning after
a long night in one diaper, or after playing outside,
you scoop him up and wash him clean! Getting
him clean makes it nice to be near him.
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16)
Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
2. Clothe your baby
After you wash your baby, you dress her to keep her safe and warm.
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:28-30)
3. Comfort your baby
Nothing melts your heart like your baby's cry.
When she's hurt or sad, you pick her up, cuddle her,
and whisper, "Shhh. It's okay. Mommy's here."
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
4. Delight in your baby
When your baby learns a new word, or takes his first step,
you feel delighted. You want to call your friends and family
and tell them the news.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
5. Protect your baby
When you look into your baby's eyes, you can't imagine
leaving him somewhere and never coming back. If someone
tried to hurt your baby, you would do whatever
you could to keep him safe.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely. (Psalm 59:17)
6. Feed your baby
When your baby is hungry, she lets you know!
You feed her often so she will survive and grow.
Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed,
the water I give them will become in them a spring of water
welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14)
God cares for you a lot, just like you care for your baby. We want to help you learn to care for you and your baby. If you have any questions regarding parenthood, please Contact Us for more details on our parenting program.
Information taken from "Six Lessons from the Best Parent Ever" by Frontline Publishing.
At the Family Hope Center, we also offer classes to help you learn ways to be a better parent. Through these classes, you can earn items for your baby from our Baby Boutique.
Some of the topics available:
Your Changing Body
Car Seat Safety
Life with Toddler
Using a Recipe
And many more!