Friday, February 4, 2011

YOU Are The Expert

YOU are the expert.

The expert in being a mom or dad to the unique child God gave you both!

This thought stuck in my brain after a conversation with a new mom who mentioned she did not feel like an expert on parenting.  I told her, “But you ARE an expert!  As soon as you held that baby in your arms, you were equipped by God with everything you need to raise that sweet child He entrusted you with.”

Sometimes the journey of parenting can feel overwhelming as we realize the huge responsibility to care for this little person that depends on us for EVERYTHING!  Yet there isn’t a difficulty we’ll face nor a side of our children we may discover that God hasn’t already given us the gifting and grace to handle…and to overcome.

You are an expert parent to YOUR child because YOU are exactly who God was thinking of when He made your boy or girl and gently placed them in your arms to be a steward of.

I am not opposed to getting some good parenting advice from books, shows or friends and family (in fact, I soak it all up like a sponge) but sometimes, we just need to trust our gut more.  If something doesn’t feel right, modify.  If you don’t have peace about a decision, rethink it.

Let’s take it one day at a time, thanking God He’s by our side through this great adventure called parenthood.


thesavingmomparents said...

Great post Tara. LOVE it. How often do we have to remind ourselves of this fact. WE are experts. ~Jess

Zazzy Episodes said...

Thanks Tara, you have been blessed with the ability to write so wonderfully! I got all choked up with the expert advice, I have been guilty as a parent to doubt whether I have any right being a parent but then my mom reminds me that no one could handle or love my kids the way I do. Then I know that God created my two little ones just the perfect way for my parenting abilities. What a wonderful reminder even as one is a teenager and then other one is right behind in age. :-)

Tara Cole said...

Thanks, Jessica.

Rachel, with two older kids that are truly wonderful, I think you could offer some advice to us moms with children who are still small! (: