Have your children ever struggled to get your attention because you were looking at pictures of other people’s children on Instagram? More than ever, parents struggle to give their children the attention they need. If you have children who are 10 and under, they have never known a world in which their parents did not spend a portion of their day staring at the phone.
In parenting, there is no substitute for focused time and attention. This is difficult in our increasingly distracted world. We work 8-10 hours a day, face long commutes, and then fight the urge to check our work email after we come home. We have every excuse in the world to ignore our children, hand them in iPad, and let them fend for themselves.
We must learn to get off the carousel of overworking and giving in to distraction because we stand under the divine mandate to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. We have both the privilege and the responsibility of teaching our children the truth about who God is, who we are, what Christ did for us so we can know God, and how we can live wisely in this foolish world. Teaching our children these things cannot be done in ten-minute devotions twice a week.
Here are two reasons you need to give time and attention to you children along with four tips to help you make the time.
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