Eugene Cho

Parenting for dummies. Parenting do’s and don’ts.

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Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post – especially if you’re a parent or a parent-to-be someday. Or if you have babies around you.

Refer to it often. Study it carefully.
Take notes. Draw diagrams. Connect the dots.
Consider this as a gift.

I still recall when we planted Quest Church about 12 years ago. The picture above was soon after our 2nd daughter was born and right when we started the church. How fast time flies: She’s already 12 and her sister (our oldest kid) is now 14.

[Note to self: breathe in. breathe out.]

It’s surreal to think – especially in light of so many babies, infants, and children at our church currently –  but our two girls were the only kids at our church in the early years. But times have changed. Now, I get to lift up, dedicate, and baptize babies like this little boy. There’s a long story but trust me…he is a miracle. [wipes tears]

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But cute baby pictures aside, the early months can be tough – especially if there aren’t sleeping somewhat humanely.

Heck, life can be tough. This is why there are so many self-help books, guides, and manuals to every single phase of life including and especially that first year. And truthfully, life and parenting would be so much more easier if there were some simple illustrations that made everything simple and sweet.

So, here they are. One blog to answer them all.
The do’s and don’ts.
Pictures and illustrations.
Simple and clear.
Right and wrong.
Sheeps and Goats.

Study them carefully. You welcome.

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In all seriousness, love and nurture your children.

Pray for them; teach them; enjoy them; guide them.

The days turn to weeks; weeks turn to months; months turn to years and before you know it, your little baby will be turning 14, 12, and 10 like our three children.  Parenting will be one of the most significant things you will ever do in your life so don’t give your baby your shoes when they are teething.  🙂

Remember, our purpose as parents is to eventually…release our children. 

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4 Responses

  1. Matt K says:

    Go METS! of course you’ll have concerns for any child growing up a mets fan, but they’ll learn how to get over disappointments. It’s not like seattle fans have it that much better…. 😛

  2. Love your post Pastor Eugene. I read your stuff, and it does my heart good on the tough days. This is priceless, and I think that I’ll use it in my work with parents in Boston – if you don’t mind. I accompany Young Urban Parents in their journey, and I think that they might find this amusing. I’m chuckling heartily, but I love your cheeky style! Blessings to your family and and ministry!

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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

And on a side note, we took this goofy photo for Mother's Day last Sunday at @seattlequest. I was shocked! What in the world happened to our kids? Our 13 year old son blocked four of my shots on the basketball court yesterday. He's since been grounded... I fear that we ask God to move mountains, forgetting that God also wants to move us.

In fact, it's possible that we are that mountain. Time flies. The eldest is wrapping up her 1st year in college and the college tours have begun for the 2nd child. The youngest enters high school in the Fall. Can't say enough about how proud Minhee and I are of the kids - not just of their accomplishments but the people they are and are becoming.

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