This past weekend, I was so fortunate to be able to see Vicki Courtney’s simulcast, You and Your Girl, with my eleven year old daughter. When I registered us for this event I really didn’t know much about it, just that it was promoted to moms as a time to nurture your relationship with your teen (or tween) daughter. The tag line for the simulcast was “Because What You Do Together Changes Her Forever.” Sounded good to me! I mean, what mother-daughter relationship couldn’t stand a little extra nurturing and together time?
It turns out that Vicki is a best selling author and speaker with a focus on raising spiritual kids in our challenging culture. I couldn’t help but laugh (several times in fact) as the day progressed because much of what Vicki was talking with the participants about was how overwhelming all of the electronic influences of our culture can be on teens (and moms). There were many times that I thought she would make one impressive member of our Focused Moms Challenge!
Here are some of my notes from what she talked about to moms and daughters in churches all across the country via simulcast. Let’s see what you think. I’ll bet like me you’ll find that Vicki has some pretty good ideas about getting focused on the things that matter most!
- There is too much noise in our lives clamoring for our attention.
- It’s okay to have bumps in the road. They make for good teaching moments.
- Know when to unplug and reconnect with what matters.
- You aren’t perfect. Your kids aren’t either.
- Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Everyone has different gifts and talents.
- We have too many choices that overwhelm us. Think 87,000 Starbucks espresso combinations.
- There is no perfect parenting formula.
- We all need to learn to self-monitor.
- Two steps forward and one step back is still progress.
- And my favorite, we could all use “More of _____ and less of _____.” Fill in your own blanks.
For more information on Vicki Courtney and her ministry, visit her at www.VickiCourtney.com.