A closer look at parenting

Wisdomforlife

The goal of parenting is to raise our children to release them into responsible adulthood. 

Parents are not the owners of their children. They should not act as dictators of their children. They are stewards of them.

“Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).

Becoming a parent is the beginning of a divine assignment to bring our children up “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Our sons and daughters belong to God. He owns them as their Creator and our desire is to see them experience His love and ownership as their Redeemer.

Parenting ought to start with larger amounts of control designed to progressively prepare children to take responsibility for themselves. Parenting should move from control to influence as children grow up.

Many parents wrongly try to emphasize influence with little children when they should be taking charge and directing them. When a little…

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