If the Holy Spirit were to play a regular role in my parenting, it would change the following three things:
My parenting wouldn't be fear based......I fear sooooo much as a parent...mostly I fear my messing my kids up. I fear them choosing wrong friends, making bad grades, or being "that girl." The Holy Spirit does not bring fear. He brings peace. Fear comes from Satan. God's Holy Spirit wants to free me from the bondage that is fear.
My parenting wouldn't be guilt based.....I often feel guilt associated with what my kids do or don't have, how I've wounded them with my words, how my choices affect them, are they "keeping up" with their peers. So. Much. Guilt. Guilt comes from my accuser. The Holy Spirit reminds me that I am righteous. There is nothing that I could do that would ever set me apart and able to claim the title "Super Mom." There is one, however who wants to walk with me through each parenting moment assuring me that together, we are enough.
My parenting wouldn't rely upon me.....I want so badly for my kids to listen. For them to do what I say. I read parenting books. I attending parenting classes. I try so hard. My parenting is often all about me. The Holy Spirit reminds me that I have been given grace. It's from this freedom that I am able to parent, not my own abilities.
How about you? In what ways have you considered the very active role the Holy Spirit wants to play in your life as a parent?