Why I Put My Marriage First :: Parenting Tip Number Fourteen

I have hesitated to post this one because I have several dear friends who are single moms, and one single dad that I know of, and not by their own choice. God has given them extra strength and grace to raise their children as a single parent, and they are each doing amazingly well under the circumstances they’ve been given.

But this post isn’t for them. This is for the Christian moms (and dads!) out there who are married. This will be a short and sweet post. Books are written on the subject, so I don’t want to begin to write a long, in-depth article about the subject.

Make your marriage a top priority.

Let your children know how much you love their daddy (or mommy) even if it embarrasses them sometimes.
For children, and even teenagers (perhaps especially teenagers), there is great security in knowing that mom and dad love each other, are best friends and that nothing but death will separate them.

Jenn and Jerry wrote a great review about a marriage book, A Lifelong Love, if you’d like to check it out!

How about you?

How do you show your children that, after God, your spouse is your most precious gift? We want to hear from you in the comments!


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Kim Stilwell has been married to her best friend, Jeff, since 1987. They have five children, Joshua (1992) who has been married to Alissa since 2013, Joseph (1995), Josiah (1997), Jessica (1998) and Jennifer (2001), as well as eight children in Heaven, all of whom died before birth. Kim was a missionary kid who grew up in Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Peru. She met Jeff, also an MK, at a missionary school in Peru. Immediately following their wedding, they attended college in Iowa and have lived there ever since. Kim is a full time stay at home, homeschooling mom. In her spare time, she likes to write, and has a column in the NICHE newsletter.

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