Beyond the white picket fence 

Updated: Feb 16

Paws and Ponder

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

Boundary: a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line. A limit of a subjects space.

Selah eating her morning meal.

Selah is 3 months old, has boundless energy and absolutely no concern for her saftey. She is just a cute bundle of fluff. As you can see she has a leash attached to her while she is eating. This is for her well being as she hasn't learned that each dog has a safe "space" to eat. It's for her security and ultimately her freedom to learn this boundry.

As parents, we teach our children from a very early age that the stove is hot, don't talk to strangers, walk don't run, go to bed on time and so on. As a foster parent I have found the best concept I can teach my new fosters is safe boundries and rules. Most of my kids have had no or violent parental support. They don't know what boundries or rules are. At first they model what they have seen. They don't like being told what to do. I like to equate it to the the "peter pan" syndrome. We get a lot of push back, arguing and down right defiance. At first Selah whined and barked when I put her on the leash to eat. Now after a few weeks she comes in and sits by the leash, knowing she will eat in her space. She is confident in her space!

It's the same with us! We don't do any favors to give in to anyone who whines and "barks" at the rules. We are all more confident in our space knowing the rules are for our BEST! As a parent it can be mentally draining staying consistent and keeping the safe boundries we know our family does well in. The kids push and push...after a long day at work and school it's easy to say, "sure stay on the device, play video games, don't finish your homework, text all night or whatever "IT" is at your house your kids push against. I get it!! Sometimes I feel I walk around in a worn down stuppor. The enemy of this world will use our exhaustion to break down the hedge of protection we have set up in our homes. We must stay the course. The worlds measage is, "It's okay...do whatever you want or whatever feels good". All the while it steals our morality and knowledge of truth. Stand strong against the devil's scheme. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of the dark world and forces of evil. (paraphrased Eph. 6:10-11)

If we stay the course the promise of Proverbs 6:22 is our and childrens reward. Our kids as adults will not depart from the truth! I hold this promise close to my heart and pray constantly the children we "parent" will cling to moral truths my husband have taught them. Stay the course!

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