It’s All In Your Head : Taming Negative Thoughts on Parenting

Parent Cue | 2/20/2019 | Liz Hansen
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About 50,000 thoughts pass through our minds each day.

FIFTY THOUSAND.

Add - Milk - Grocery - List

. . . Add milk to the grocery list . . .

. . . This sippy cup is on its last legs . . .

Wait - Cowlicks

. . . Wait, has he always had two cowlicks?

But our thoughts have two sources outside of ourselves, too. God speaks to our hearts and minds, to encourage, guide, gently convict, and move to action. Our enemy, the liar, seeks to tip our thoughts toward anxiety, pride, and condemnation.

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This fire hose flow of thoughts may seem abstract, but it directs all your words and actions— especially when it comes to parenting.

“He just lied about brushing his teeth” to . . .

Test - School

“He’ll cheat on a test a school” to . . .

“He’ll never get into college” to . . .

One - Grandkids

“No one will ever trust him and he’ll never get married and I’ll never have grandkids.”

It may sound ridiculous when you call it out. But most of the time, we don’t even pay attention to these thought patterns—the real reason we feel stressed out, anxious, and unsettled.

Kids - Determines - Everything - Way - Day

How I choose to think about my kids determines everything about the way I parent in the day to day. Here are three tools I’ve discovered for policing my thought life:

1. Take time daily to focus on the unique gift your child is.

Philippians - Tells - Respect - Anything - Praise

Philippians 4:8 tells us, “always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things.”

Translated for your child, that might mean a few minutes reflecting on what is hilarious, adorable, cuddly, interesting, unique, compelling, or thoughtful about them. Take time to thank God for specific moments, from funny...
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