Parenting Beyond Your Capacity – Chapter 1

Here are a few highlights from Chapter 1:

  • Reggie shares how overwhelmed he felt when he was reading parenting books, researching how to be a better parent, etc.  “It seemed like there were dozens of things I needed to improve, and it was difficult to know where to start.” (p. 25)
  • They go on from there stating that the idea behind this book is not to be one more thing or high standard to try and meet, but to show you that partnering with the church and others with this tough job (of parenting and spiritually influencing your children) isn’t meant to be done alone.
  • A question I want to ask myself is if I’m parenting “random or reactive” (p. 25)
  • Am I making decisions based on what’s happening now, or on the big picture?
  • Parenting Priorities – he shares his (I don’t want to give it all away ~ although they’re obviously throughout all of the main points of this book.)
  • We have these ideal standards with parenting and they quickly make us feel guilty.
  • “You are not the only influence your kids need” – (p.28)  It sounds funny at first, but so true!  Kids and teens often seek others for advice.  Don’t you want to encourage them to pick those people wisely?  (Journey Teens small group leaders, coaches, etc.)
  • “Your role is not to impress your children or anyone else with your ability to parent; your role is to impress your children with the love and nature of God.” (p.29)
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