Today we're going to dive into the four stages of parenting and a very simple, practical way we can stay in love while parenting our kids. As any married couple with kids will tell you, it can be a real challenge!
Our foundation is in Exodus 33 where we see how God parented the Israelites and stayed connected with them at the same time.
Throughout the book we see the Four stages of parenting:
• 1) Babysitter - A babysitter says, “I’ve GOT you!”
• 2) Referee - A ref says, “I’ll PUNISH you.”
• 3) Coach - A coach says, “I’m FOR you.”
• 4) Teammate - A teammate says, “I’m WITH you.”
KEY: A spirit of HONOR moves our kids through the first three stages to become a teammate.
The teammate phase is where we truly get to KNOW the person.
PROBLEM - our kids often move backward through the stages when by their behavior. And that can threaten our marital bond if we're not careful. Therefore, the key to staying in love while parenting kids is to be on the same page in the same stage with our spouse.