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How Asking “What Would Jesus Do?” Helps in Parenting

By Mormon.org
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What Would Jesus Do?

The family is the perfect environment to learn how to interact with others. In families, individuals learn to love, laugh, cry, resolve conflicts, work, play, and get along with each other. And by divine design, parents “have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”).

Sometimes parenting can be tough. But in those challenging circumstances, we can find the best solutions by asking ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus Christ provides the perfect example of love and compassion toward others, and when we follow His lead, the path to successful parenting becomes clear.

To improve your personal parenting style, consider these three answers to the question “What would Jesus do?” as you interact with your children.

Cherish Children

When the world teaches that children are bothersome or expendable, remember how the Savior sees them. To the disciples who rebuked an approaching group of children, Jesus taught, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). We too should cherish our children. Let them know they are important and valued members of your family. Children will understand who they are by how you make them feel when they are with you.

Watch as these families cherish children and focus on what matters most.

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Practice Patience

With all the sins, shortcomings, and missteps we bring to the Lord, He has ample opportunity to practice patience with us on a daily basis. In His love and mercy He says, “As often as my people repent will I forgive them their trespasses against me” (Mosiah 26:30). Our children are going to mess up, act out, and make a lot of mistakes. But when we follow Christ’s example and practice patience with them, they will feel our love and improve over time.

Teach and Testify

The Savior filled His mortal ministry with spontaneous teaching moments. To Peter who walked on water, He taught of faith strong enough to accomplish miracles (see Matthew 14:25–31). To the woman at the well, He taught of the living water that would quench her spiritual thirst (see John 4). To the woman taken in adultery, He taught the necessity of repentance and forgiveness (see John 8). We can do the same. Use informal settings to let your children see that you recognize the teachings of Jesus Christ in all aspects of your life. When someone mistreats them, teach them to love their enemies (see Luke 6:27–31). When questions arise about social issues, teach them to look to the words of the prophets (see D&C 1:38). And when they wonder who they are, teach them they are children of God (see Acts 17:28–29).

Watch as leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discuss the importance of informal teaching moments in the home.

Would you like to learn more about the teachings of Jesus Christ and how they can help you become a better parent? Request your free copy of the Holy Bible today.