Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Such wise words. Being a parent is hard work. Being a teacher, you have seen parenting at its best . . . and its worst. We all need to put our kids first above and beyond all our needs. . it is HARD! Saying what you mean, and meaning what you say is key. Kids are determined, and they will chip away at you and your life lessons. They will try to divide and conquer . . . playing mom and dad and step parents. Stand firm. They are hoping if they chisel enough, you will give up finally and say, “OK do what you want! . . . The kids dream of that— but really they want boundaries and to know that you are in charge, not a best friend! You are the parent.
Parents need extra sleep! Parents need bushels of vitamins. . . Parents need daily. . . hourly prayers! “Praying without ceasing” was made for us all, but especially for parents! It doesn’t stop when your child is 18! That love between a parent and child will be a lifetime. Children are trying to find out who they are. . . trying to be independent (13-21 is TOUGH) They think their parents are pretty old fashion, uncool, not smart. When they reach 22ish, or with the birth of their first child, they are amazed at how much smarter their parents have become.
Prayers for all the parents to be given wisdom and strength for the day. The weight of the world is on your shoulders to train them the way they should go. . . .
Grandparenting is another story for another day.