What Are Spiritual Solutions for Parenting?

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(This is an excerpt from the book 5 Spiritual Solutions for Everyday Parenting Challenges.)

What, exactly, is a “spiritual solution” with our children?

In simple terms, it is a parenting approach that is based not on the philosophies of men but on the wisdom of God; it stems not from man’s techniques but from Heavenly Father’s doctrine and power.

When we apply gospel truth to parenting challenges, we come up with spiritual solutions.

Spiritual solutions are honest attempts to use God’s truths, His power, His methods, and His love to be the best stewards we can of the children that He has entrusted to us.

Remembering and applying spiritual solutions is not easy, nor do any of them have any guarantees of short-term success.

Spiritual solutions must be applied with spiritual perspectives, which remind us that each child is different, each comes from an eternity of becoming whom he or she already is, each brings an already formed personality and set of gifts and challenges from the premortal life, each will test us and prove us in countless ways and will contribute as much to our growth and salvation as we do to his or hers, and each was given to us (as opposed to some other family) for real reasons known only to God.

And spiritual solutions are centered on Christ. Whether we are talking about His example or about His power, or about the programs of His Church, all true spiritual solutions stem from Him.

Spiritual parenting solutions are not the exclusive domain of LDS parents. They are available to any person of faith who seeks them. But the specifics of what LDS parents know make these solutions particularly clear and particularly available to those in the Church who seek them.

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