Recently on FamilyLife’s Facebook page, a question was posed: What one word would you use to complete the phrase, “Parenting is…”? We received hundreds of responses. Some of those included: challenging, crazy, heart breaking, rewarding, adventurous, fulfilling, hard, sanctifying, fun,…etc. etc.
How would you answer that question...either from experience or observation?
The point is that for many of us the parenting journey is many things at different stages of the journey. The waiting and expectation of your first child may have been filled with excitement and anticipation. Or perhaps you were filled with worry and doubt. The toddler, elementary, adolescent, and teen years only bring more adventures and questions.
There are joyous times full of laughter at the things our kids say and do. And at other times there are moments of frustration, fear, and bewilderment as we wonder, “why is our kid doing/saying those things?”
For the last 2 months I’ve had the opportunity to travel all around the country meeting couples, with kids at different ages, as they previewed FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ resource (due to be released next May). And in each city, I met couples who were grateful for the wisdom and teaching found in the series.
One father astutely observed that in each of the teaching sessions, the speakers who were younger described the ideals they hoped to be teaching their kids, while the older couples were describing the mistakes they had made in their parenting. Depending on where you are in your parenting journey, you may feel full of hope or full of regrets. Our goal with this series is not to heap condemnation on parents, but instead to give parents practical help, a jolt of hope, and new vision for parenting their kids in light of eternity. We want you to know that it’s never too late to start making the right decisions in your parenting; God is able to redeem the time the enemy has stolen.
Remember Galatians 6:9 - “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Now that’s parenting. Don’t give up, keep doing good, because you will reap a harvest!