Record low temperatures, record high snowfall and record days off school! For those of us with school-aged children, or any aged children at home, the challenge of finding creative ways to stay busy while trapped within the four walls of our home due to blizzard conditions can be depleting. Looking back, the first few days were really quite fun. I had all four of my children home and we spent the days cuddling up with movies, games and crafts. The snow days were a welcome change to our monotonous school day routine. Side note: thank goodness for Pinterest, where we found numerous ideas like snow ice cream and blanket forts…fun!
But after getting that twelfth phone call declaring a school cancellation, all that family togetherness starts to wear on you. My sweet kids started getting overly rowdy, picking fights and they were constantly hungry or bored. I really just wanted to go to lock myself in the bathroom (which I did do), have a sweet conversation with Jesus and Mother Nature, and hope that when I opened the door it would be 80 degrees and sunny outside. Can anyone relate?
So it’s bittersweet, really. You look forward to having all that wonderful, extra quality time with your kids that is so hard to find in the normal day-to-day routine. But then when you DO actually get the quality time, you are quickly reminded how fast things can go downhill and how unglued you can become.
More than once this winter I ran across a book I had bought a few months earlier, but threw on my stack of books to read someday: The Love Dare for Parents by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. I’ve done the love dare in my marriage, which is both challenging and fulfilling. But I never really thought about a “love challenge” with my children. What a great idea, right?
Fast forward and MOMentum Director, Marna Ward shared the “Love Dare Challenge for Parents” planned for March in MOMentum. I was so intrigued, I pulled out the book and started skimming through the book and wondered why I hadn’t started reading it sooner. I instantly felt my heart soften as I had only glimpsed at the pages.
So what exactly is this Love Dare for Challenge? Think of it as a month long journey to explore and demonstrate genuine love with our kids. We’ll be intentional at loving and influencing them knowing that we truly have just a short time to parent them. Through a series of 10 challenges (usually 3 per week) you’ll have a chance to make a significant impact in your child’s life. Some of them are pretty basic like intentionally telling your children “I love you.” Some of them make take a little more effort like reacting to your children with love instead of irritation. Each challenge is accompanied by a short narrative and some solid truths to get you started. We’ll keep you posted on all you need to do through our Facebook group (click here to join) and provide some special blog posts highlighting the experiences of moms during the process.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey in March and discover a love relationship with your children that God so wants for you to have. You won’t walk away feeling like the time was wasted, but instead you will be thankful you invested these intentional moments in your children. As the book states: “It is not meant to be sampled or briefly tested, and those who quit early will forfeit the greatest benefits.”
Stephanie Ferguson is a proud wife and stay at home mama to four super cute and highly active children ages 13 to 1. Stephanie serves in MOMentum as the lead mom in the morning at our West Toledo campus and loves growing in her relationship with Christ, family and friends. She hopes the Love Dare for Parents will inspire and transform her role as mother.
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