We’ve heard phrases like “parenting is a calling from which you are never released,” over the pulpit many times, but rarely do we actually reflect on what this means. When taken literally, is it a parent’s job to continue to be their child’s caretaker throughout their lives?
More Parenting Features
Picture this: A four-year-old is playing with her 6-year-old sister and her sister’s friend. Can you already see what is going to happen? At some point, the younger sister became frustrated—probably from being excluded or mocked. The young one became angry and scratched the arm of the neighbor child. Screaming began and Mom ran to the mayhem.
Reaching a child’s heart is vital for awakening his conscience and morally training him to desire to make good choices, but structure also has a part to play in training the heart. This is a true story, and a new parenting lesson, of how to help a person understand the truths behind your teachings.
"A digital community. That is where we are living now,” says Dina Alexander, founder and president of the nonprofit Educate and Empower Kids. So how can we teach our kids to be honest, productive, and safe in this community? Dina offers her advice and reminds us why it’s most important that we as parents model good behavior.
In a world full of sexual depravity, diverse addictions, familial dysfunction, lascivious social platforms, manipulative media, and irate people of all ages, is it possible to even hope for our children to have an innocent upbringing?