Bill Cosby has this to say about parenthood, “In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck—and, of course, courage.” (Fatherhood, 1986).
Author Julie K. Nelson comes from a teaching background where she manages classrooms of students from kindergarten to college. So she approached the challenge of parenting quite confidently—Until she actually became one! Julie writes, “I’ve learned that Cosby is right: I need a lot of love and luck, and especially, courage. Courage to stand for what is right and what I believe. That’s hard to do with a child who raises the argument, ‘But so-and-so’s parents don’t care.’ My response: They must not love you as much as I do. There are still the sighs heaving and eyes rolling, but they know the ground is firm where I stand.”
In her book, Parenting With Spiritual Power, Julie explains, “When we base our parenting on unchanging values, we can more confidently and successfully raise families in today’s world. We won’t be perfect, but value-based parenting shines more light on that ‘dark continent’ of raising children.”
Today, Julie shares 8 values with us, along with personal experiences and advice from her book.
Click through the slideshow to find some parenting inspiration!