Thanks so much for all the CWMs who volunteered to be interviewed.
We will be having the CWM interview for the next few months. So,
many of you have shared how the interviews are a real encouragement
Please go to the CWM blog, http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com
and share if you have started a CWM support group. Several of you
have emailed me from time to time about starting a CWM group in
your church. Let’s share with one another what worked and
didn’t work. Also, my book The Voices of Christian Working
Mom (see link on the side) has discussion questions for each chapter.
You can use the book in starting a group
Article – Car Time – Perfect for Spiritual
I don’t know about you, but when my children were little
we had a long commute to school (about 30 minutes). Now, the commute
is about 15 minutes. Some of the best conversations I have ever
had with my children have been in the car. One of the advantages
of being in the car is children don’t have to make direct
eye contact with you. Children tend to open up a little more. I
want to encourage you about being intentional with your conversations
in the car and the music you listen to. Here are some tips to consider:
- Play music from a Christian radio station or CD. Preschool children
learn songs quickly. My son, a teenager, loves listening to Christian
CDs on his way to school. He also likes for it to be quiet (meaning
Mom don’t talk!). I think it gets him in the proper mindset
- As a family memorize a verse of Scripture on the way to daycare
or school. You will be surprised how your children can memorize
Scripture quicker than you.
- When your child brings up a situation at school where they or
a friend was treated unfairly, use that opportunity to discuss
how Jesus would respond in that situation.
- Encourage your children to find the child at school who is being
left out and to reach out to that child.
- When you ask your children, “How was your day?”
and you get “Fine.” Then ask, “What was the
best part of your day? What was the hardest part of your day?”
- On the way to school get in the habit of praying for teachers
and other children in your child’s school.
- Try to refrain from making phone calls while your children are
in the car. Make them top priority.
- Ask your children how you can pray for them? What are they struggling
with at this time?
- Take time to pray for your pastor, church leaders, and government
- We can worship anywhere. Can you turn your car into a place
of worship instead of a place where we are harried?
There are also times when your children want to be silent and you
must honor that wish as well. We can worship in the quiet. I love
how my children have introduced me to Praise Music that I would
not have heard on my own. May we all be more intentional in our
spiritual conversations with our children.
Let’s be honest sometimes the hardest time to be a Christian
is when we are driving and someone cuts us off. Remember people
are always watching and the most important people watching are our
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the
author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an
online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by
email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.
To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com.
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