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Mindful Parenting Moment

Is Your Child In Love With You?

August 30, 2022 • Dr. Temi Michael-O • Ruth 4:15–16

And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Ruth 4:15-16 (NKJV) Ruth's love for Naomi grew deeper with quality time together, and love made it easier to follow Naomi's counsel. When we sow love, we will ultimately reap love (1 John 4:19), and love is the bedrock of lasting relationships. Love doesn't just happen. We can build and support the capacity to love. Guiding your child to fall in love with you is an important way to support your child's capacity to relate and engage--the second core emotional capacity that emerges between the second to seventh month of life. Being emotionally available, frequent interactive playtime and spiritual fellowship WITH your child will help your child fall in love with you. Love, Dr. Temi

Blessing From the Soul

August 25, 2022 • Dr. Temi Michael-O • Genesis 27:4

and make me a savory and delicious dish [of meat], the kind I love, and bring it to me to eat, so that my soul may bless you [as my firstborn son] before I die.” Genesis 27:4 (AMP) Each time our child’s action stirs up something joyful in us, let’s consider it a sacred moment. Let's be intentional about using those moments as opportunities to bless them. Let's replace "awww" or "that's so cute" with blessings. When our children stir negative emotions, let’s exercise self-control and avoid cursing them. Love, Dr. Temi

Are You Tolerating Abuse?

August 19, 2022 • Dr. Temi Michael-O • Genesis 29:9–10

And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. Genesis 29:9-10 (KJV) Sarah was intentional about creating an emotionally safe environment for Isaac. She did not want her son subjected to bullying or mockery under her roof. Momma Sarah did not tolerate emotional abuse. Studies show that most perpetrators of child abuse are not strangers. With this in mind, we must not act ignorantly when trusting others to care for our children's spirits, souls, and bodies. Also, the bondwoman and her son were products of Sarah's past mistakes, and they were going to affect her child's development. Momma Sarah cast them out to protect Isaac. She is a role model for us. We must not allow adverse past experiences to affect our children's development. We must cast them out! Reflection: Is your past affecting your child's development? How are you creating an emotionally healthy environment for your child? Love, Dr. Temi