One of the best lessons we can teach our kids is that we are on their side.
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All I ever wanted to be in life was a full-time wife, mother, and then grandmother. When divorce became a reality in my life, it was almost more than I could bear. I could imagine many other sorts of trials and afflictions in life that I could handle, but NOT THIS.
The very best parenting shows profound compassion and love for the child while still honoring responsibility and accountability. This is the balancing act in parenting. So, how can we achieve that balance?
Someone pointed out that the first admonition or commandment that God gave to mankind was to “multiply and replenish the earth.” He didn’t say it would be easy. And He didn’t say that the commandment would no longer apply or be relevant in 2018. And perhaps God could have said “Multiply and replenish the earth and have joy in your children.”
Raising children is a bit like that huge, old, half-constructed house out in the field. It’s such a slow, drawn-out process sometimes. Some days are hard and tiresome. And most days it appears that nothing is changing or working. But it takes time to build a masterpiece.