Call me a simpleton, but my parenting philosophy boils down to three words: please, sorry, and thanks. If all else fails, I want to teach my kids to be really good at those three words. If they are good at please, sorry, and thanks then they’ll be just fine in their relationship with God. It’ll also serve them well in marriage and the marketplace.
Every parent I know beats themselves up for the mistakes they make, but I honestly think those mistakes double as our greatest opportunity. How else are you going to teach your kids how to say sorry? You need to model it for them! And please and thanks are the bookends of a blessed life. If you learn to say a genuine “please” and a genuine “thanks” then the world is your oyster! It’ll open doors. It’ll win people over. It’ll keep you in a posture of gratitude.
Praying Circles Around Your Children is on its tenth printing in less than two months. I’ve never had a book sell this quickly, and that may be due in part to the price point of $2.99. But every parent I know needs all the help they can get. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. You may get lots of things wrong, but there are a few things you need to get right. I think one of them is teaching your kids the importance of please, sorry, and thanks!