No occupation in this world is more trying to soul and body than the care of young children. What patience and wisdom, skill and unlimited love it calls for. God gave the work to mothers and furnished them for it, and they cannot shirk it and be guiltless.
— Isabella Alden and Mrs. C. M. Livingston
I call this my “non-advice” because I am very unqualified to give advice about raising kids! I’ve only been at this for 14 months and it’s a big job. So I try to keep my thoughts to myself. However, I do feel that there are some things that can help anyone at any stage.
1. Ask God daily for wisdom in training and loving your children. God knows exactly what you need and what your children need. Remember that He gave your children specifically to you.
2. Find a Godly older woman to ask for advice. I would suggest that you pick a lady that is well down the path of raising children and also one who has a great marriage. You don’t want to sacrifice your marriage for children. I have actually given this lady in my life permission to tell me if she thinks I am doing something stupid with my child(ren). I don’t know if she would actually do this because she is very good at keeping her opinions to herself, but my child(ren) are more important than my pride.
3. Read good books. Once again by people farther down the path that love God and have good marriages. My favorite so far as been “Training Kings and Queens” by Cindy Schaap. You can order this through Christian Womanhood.