09 July 2012

Discipline for Sin, Not for Mistakes

I was browsing Pinterest (oh how I enjoy Pinterest!), found a pin on tips for marriage, which led me to another post on that blog about parenting & 10 Habits to Develop for Correcting Your Children. I have to be honest & say that I don't fully embrace all of the habits or everything from their blog, but this one, #4, was a good.

Discipline for sin, not for mistakes. Be sure that you have identified the sinful behavior of your child so that you can clearly point to scripture and discuss the sin. Never discipline your child for making a mistake, such as breaking a dish or spilling a drink.  That is not sin. That is an accident!  A child being annoying or embarrassing is not necessarily a sin; it might point to your own sin of neglect.  Instead, keep your eyes open for issues of the heart. Some examples might include selfishness (fighting over toys… you have two sinners), deceit, disobedience, covetousness, etc

It's not that I send Will or Sophia to time-out for spilling milk, but I think I have this mind-set that I need to "discipline" (& by that I mean show frustration & make them know that I don't like that) for every thing that isn't positive. Does that make sense? I hope that doesn't come off as me being too strict/mean. I want to be parenting from the perspecitve of what God calls of us, not just good, "moral" society, raising up good kids. I'm not sure how much this will change what goes on in our home, but it will definitely be changing my heart. I'll let you all know if I see a change.

How about you? Do you like this Habit? Do you already have this habit? or Is this as enlightening to you as it was to me? Let me know!

06 July 2012

Menu Plan 7/9- 7/15

Hey Everyone, so it seems I've been beyond MIA. Since Corey's been home from deployment things have been really busy around here!

There are several updates to post about, like how we are moving to England! BUT, I'm on here today to show you all my Menu Plan for this upcoming week. I am trying to makeover our diet into a more clean one. We are starting off slow. I don't want to jump all in & then get frustrated. Right now we are eating clean breakfast & lunch, during the week. I'm not an expert at all about eating clean, but we are trying. I'm working on cutting down treats (for myself & the kids, Corey doesn't care) to one a day. I'm sure that's a lot to some of you, but it will be growth for us.

Also, this week is my church's VBS (Vacation Bible School). I'm leading all of the Recreation so dinners will be early, preferably easy & fast to make.

Monday: B- cereal, yogurt, berries
               L- noodles, cheese, green beans
               S- Laughing Cow Cheese, crackers, grapes
               D- leftover Baked Chicken Parm Casserole

Tuesday: B- oatmeal with cinnamon, eggs (whites for me), apple

               L- Salad with sliced chicken & rolls
               S- PB, banana, & honey "sushi"
               D- Taco Casserole & fiesta corn

Wednesday: B- toast, PB, banana
                    L- turkey sandwich & carrots
                    S- cheerios, yogurt, berries
                    D- roast chicken, mixed californian vegetables, garlic rolls

Thursday: B- oatmeal with cinnamon, eggs, berries
                L- salad with tuna & croutons
                S- carrots, cucumbers, cheese
                D- leftover taco casserole

Friday: B- cereal, yogurt, apple
            L- chicken sandwich, cucumbers
            S- pretzels, cheese sticks, pineapple
            D- Homemade Pizza Nite

Saturday: B- chocolate chip waffles & bananas
               L- chicken wrap
               S- yogurt, cheerios, berries
               D- OUT

Sunday: B- leftover waffles & bananas
             L- PB & J & carrots
             S- Laughing Cow Cheese & crackers, grapes
             D- Burgers, sweet potatoes