Summary: This is the fourth of a series of sermons on godly home life, marriage and family. This message focuses on godly parenting.

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Bill Shapino

According to the American Society for Lesser-Known Childhood Statistics, by the time your child is 10, she will have:

* Soiled 8,952 diapers

* Watched 9,486 hours of television

* Demanded 345 readings of Goodnight Moon.

* Wedged 13 pieces of chewed bubble gum under the kitchen table.

* Asked you three times, in public, how babies are made.

* Claimed, on two separate occasions, that it was a big dog who knocked the vase off the mantel

* Sung "I Love You, You Love Me" 443 times

* Launched 53 peas onto the kitchen floor.

* Made 82 claims that her younger brother started it

* Insisted, "But daddy said I could" 154 times

* Lost 29 important phone messages

* Heard you ask, "Do I have to pull this car over?" 37 times.

* Showed you 23 worms she dug up in the backyard

* Said, "Jenny Spitzer's mother lets us" 14 times

* Caught 54 colds

* Shared 54 colds with you.

* Hugged you sweetly more times than you can count!!!!!!!!!!

ƒ{ The greatest, toughest, and most rewarding thing we've ever attempted is parenting.

ƒ{ We've:

Ropes course

Water ski, dirt bike

Built our own house


ƒ{ Nothing is in the same category

ƒ{ There's no reference book

ƒ{ It can be exhausting, frustrating

ƒ{ Like the lady who...

o ...just had her fourth child and got a play pen from a friend, she wrote a thank you note to her friend for the play pen that read:

o It's just what I needed. Every day, I sit in it and the kids can't get near me!

ƒ{ Someone said I should have been a grandparent first

ƒ{ It's easier the second time around

ƒ{ But, being a parent isn't a trial run

ƒ{ It's the real deal!

„« Today, we want to give you some important ingredients that will help your children to be prepared for life


* Patti waking up the kids saying "Today is going to be the best day ever!"

* Your attitude at the beginning of a task will determine the outcome more than anything else

* Build their self-esteem with affirmation

* With high self-esteem they won't waste their time doing dumb things to impress people because of peer pressure

* They already know they have value

* Your child's judgment of himself...influences the friends that he chooses.

* How he gets along with others...the kind of person he marries

* And how productive he will be

* His creativity...integrity...stability

* And whether he will be a leader or a follower

* Their attitude toward themselves determines how they will live all parts of their lives

o Once a farmer was out working in his fields alone when down the road came a tired looking man.

o "Where ya goin', stranger?", the farmer asked

o The man leaped back, startled, and with a trembling voice and bulging eyes replied, "T T To the next town." "What are the people like in the next town?"

o "What were they like in the last town?" the farmer asked.

o "They were mean and cruel, and I didn't like them at all." The stranger blurted.

o The farmer sadly shook his head and looked down. "I'm afraid you'll find the people of the next town to be the same way."

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