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Our church uses this saying to talk about doctrine and theology. However, it applies to parenting…and other areas of life as well.

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THE IDEA:

In the essentials we have unity. In the nonessentials we have liberty. In everything we have charity.

How does this apply to parenting?

In the essentials we should have unity. Kids need to eat.
In the nonessentials we should have liberty. What we feed our kids is really up to us as parents. You are free to disagree, you are free to believe that organic is the only way kids should be eating…you just shouldn’t get mad at me for thinking it’s nonessential. Because even in deciding what’s essential and whats nonessential we should have charity.

So how do you parent kids the right way?  The best way you know how.

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS:

  • Eating is essential, what we define as healthy is nonessential.
  • Sleeping is essential, when and where is not  nonessential.
  • Learning is essential, homeschooling vs public or private school or even to use preschool or not is nonessential.
  • Potty Training is essential, when and what method a parent uses is nonessential. I’ll also add that clothe, disposable or non diapering is nonessential. Some cultures potty-train their infants very successfully.
  • ?What other Tips and Suggestions Do You Have?

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:

  • Agree or disagree in the comments below. Let’s have a respectful dialogue about this. Let’s learn together. I really want to hear what you think is essential and nonessential. (Snarky and rude comments will be deleted, for more on this you should check out my comment policy)
  • Set some time aside and talk over with your spouse, what’s essential for raising your kids.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?:

  • What do you consider a parenting essential?  
  • Add your thoughts to the comments or on my Facebook Page

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