Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 2 – Take Very Good Care Of Yourselves (Part 4)

Jesus and the disciples

Jesus and the disciples

Jesus modeled this parenting principle to His children of ‘taking very good care of Himself’.

When the crowds were clamoring after Him, Jesus often went up away from the crowds just to spend time with His disciples.  There He would share His heart and explain deep things that only the disciples got to hear.

Taking good care of ourselves as parents means that we need time away to work on our relationship with our spouse as well.  Parenting our children can dominate all our time, but if we let it, we are sacrificing our children’s future.

Our kids need to see parents who are committed to carving out time for each other.  They need to see that any good relationship takes time and hard work.

We need time to get away and rejuvenate, charge up our batteries.  We need time to enjoy each other and appreciate each other.  We need time to talk about the deeper things in life.  Those things include how we are personally changing and how we are going to handle the road ahead.

Jesus ministry had different eras and He was constantly experiencing new challenges.  Parenting likewise is never static.  Around every bend is a new opportunity to change and grow.  To meet those challenges we need time to unwind with our spouse, reflect and reframe our future under God’s guidance.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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