10. Allow Them to Feel
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
One of the worst things we can do as parents is to tell our children the way they are feeling is wrong. It piles on to the problem, giving them a new thing to worry about on top of their worries: “what is wrong with me?”
Every child of God is fearfully and wonderfully made, whether or not we are diagnosed with anxiety disorders or suffer from everyday fears and worries. If we, as parents, don’t have the answers for our children, we have not failed them. We are human. Life is full of unanswered questions and unexplainable circumstances.
Honoring all of our children's feelings allows them to feel our unconditional love. The world is full of unfair and unjust suffering. We don’t have to act like it’s not there, or that our children don’t see and feel the effects of it. Walking through it together, getting help when we need it, and keeping our eyes focused on Christ, helps us help our children through anxiety.
“Megs” writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. She stepped out of her comfort zone and her Marketing career, to obey God’s call to stay home and be “Mom” in 2011. From that step of obedience, her blog, Sunny&80, was born, a way to retain the funny, everyday moments of motherhood. Meg is also a freelance writer and author of “Friends with Everyone.” She loves leading her Monday morning Bible study, being a dance mom, distance running, and photography. Meg resides in Northern Ohio with her husband, two daughters, and Golden-Doodle … all avid Cleveland Browns fans.
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