It's Just a Phase, Don't Miss It!How many times have you thought, “It’s just a phase!” or, maybe, “Please, let this just be a phase!”? Maybe your infant thinks 3:00am is great mommy-me time. Or, your preschooler asks “Why?” so many times your brain hurts. Maybe, your nine-year-old son tells so many groan-worthy jokes you could publish your own joke book. Or, your middle-school daughter rolls her eyes so often you wonder if it really is possible for them to get stuck!
We tend to talk about phases negatively, as if they’re something we hope to get through as quickly as possible. However, in their book, It’s Just a Phase So Don’t Miss It, Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy define a phase this way:
Phase: A timeframe in a kid’s life when you can leverage
distinctive opportunities to influence their future.
Each phase has its own significant relationships, present realities, and distinctive opportunities. Let me encourage you to begin to think about phases positively. Picture how you can leverage each of the above phases to influence your child.
They typical child has around 936 weeks between birth and high school graduation. That’s a lot of phases! My oldest child started college this year. Let me assure you the days (or phases) may seem long, but the years really do go by way too fast. I am going to begin a series of posts covering different phases in your child’s life (birth-18) and how you can leverage those phases to influence your child and their walk with Christ. Stay tuned!