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Voices of the Village ...

Wisdom is defined as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. We will utilize "Voices of the Village" to showcase wisdom from wise and wonderful parents.

Our Featured Voice . . . 

 

"Parents need to remember that children are great observers and imitators. When they see their parents consistently face difficult decisions and circumstances with courage, calm, prayer, and trust in God, they become grounded and develop coping mechanisms for the challenges they will face. Instilling God-Confidence in our children is one of the best gifts we can possibly give them. We are called to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5: 1-2). Let us model humility, obedience, honesty, patience, kindness, and repentance for our children and live in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ." - Dominique and Bill Holbrook

"Not all mothers and fathers are parents. You become a mother or father because you birthed or adopted a child. Parenting is something you do even if you didn't bring any children into the world."

 

- Naomi Seymour

"The goal of parenting is to get your desired results, so remember to utilize even the 'play times' as your training ground, because as a parent you are called to train...and some of us believe we should 'train up'."

 - Alan Lane

"Teach, don't preach"

 - Julia Elizabeth Thompson

"Bend the tree while it's young. In every area that you can as you parent and especially through the discipline process, 'nip it in the bud'. (To suppress or destroy something, especially at an early age.)" 

 - Joyce Ifill

"Making the rules is only a part of it. We must enforce the rules."

 - Grafton O. Ifill Sr., QPM

"Parenting is tough, but God ordained." 

 - Cherrie L. Turner

"Please pray for your children.” 

 - Vyreen Bain

"You are the mirror! Be careful what you do and say. Let your reflection be positive!.” 

 - Judy Munroe

Mothering is being happy knowing that you gave part of your life and may have sacrificed things like furthering your education and entertainment to raise good, respecting, and hard working children. You get to feel happy being a parent to good children who followed the example you led them by.

 

- Gloria Melendez

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 

 

- Dolores Cooper

"Allow God to be number one in your life, and learn to LISTEN more and think about what children are saying." - Rev. Marcia Beam"Allow God to be number one in your life, and learn to LISTEN more and think about what children are saying."

 

- Rev. Marcia Beam 

"Parents should communicate..trust...and love."

 

- Linda Carroll 

 

Family is EVERYTHING... So be kind, always share and love one another. -

 

- Veronica Pintard

Invest your life in loving and training your children, then you will see your adult children thrive and walk uprightly. Additionally, work rigorously to break generational curses

 

- Dr. Sandra Sherman

 

"Children... obey your parents so your days may be long".

 

- Roselle A. Smith

“Be deliberate in your affection to your children. My eldest has told me that my hugs and kisses, even as an ornery teenager, are what gave her a sense of self-worth. Love on them, no matter how tired you are or how annoyed they may seem. You’re planting seeds.” -

 

Peter Gordon-Martin

"As a young woman at 25 years of age, I had to learn quickly what being a mother was meant to be. I married a widowed man who had 10 children (2 girls and 8 boys). Together we had two more kids (1 girl and 1 boy). So with 12 kids I wanted to be a wonderful mother to all and love them all equally; I learned to fiercely and unconditionally. Remember to praise and reward your kids when they do well and encourage, support and uplift them when they face challenges. Love them unconditionally ensuring there is much patience. You have to be selfless. Above all, raise them in the light of Christ instilling them God's love and grace. You have to give your all and then give them to God. It's been challenging but most rewarding. I have been blessed and I thank God for this beautiful opportunity to mold and raise these kids in God's love and light." -Catherine Benjamin

First, you instill in your children the three Divine Principles, as God is our creator; he created the land and the skies. As Proverbs 22:6 says, Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. As young as 3 years old, if not younger, children start to develop who they are and it's when they being to awaken. I would say don't ever physically abuse your children, as there is never a justification for that. Physical punishment only leads them to become violent themselves. It would be best to give them good advice or play with them in a way to teach a lesson. Lastly, always advocate the importance of being educated and learning as much as possible -Mario Moya

"Parents need to remember that children are great observers and imitators. When they see their parents consistently face difficult decisions and circumstances with courage, calm, prayer, and trust in God, they become grounded and develop coping mechanisms for the challenges they will face. Instilling God-Confidence in our children is one of the best gifts we can possibly give them. We are called to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5: 1-2). Let us model humility, obedience, honesty, patience, kindness, and repentance for our children and live in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ." - Dominique and Bill Holbrook