It’s 2015 and being a parent, I believe is harder than ever! Being a parent, is a 365 day, 24 hour job. Even if your children are grown, you still worry about them, pray for them and even try to encourage them when possible. Then you come to the point as a parent to remind your child that no matter what it’s because of you that they exist.
Sometimes a child gets into their finite mind that they know more than the parent. Disregarding the fact that you were once their age. I often say “been there, done that, wrote a book about it and now its a best seller!” Meaning that we as parents have not only the knowledge of what they’re doing but the ability to know and let them tell on themselves. It’s a gift that I would always wonder how my mom knew I wasn’t doing the right thing until i started raising kids myself. (Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and whether it be right. KJV)
Unfortunately the children of today have to deal with things that I didn’t know existed at their age. They deal with bullying on a whole other level. So much so that they are taking their own lives to not have to deal with it. Long live the days of squaring up on the playground and then best friends by the time recess is over. I pray for all children that they learn and/or someone teach them that their life is precious.
If you have teenagers, JESUS BE A FENCE! As parents in 2015, they deal with talking back, attitudes to the 100th power, selfishness, ungratefulness, Facebook, twitter, snap-chat and any other social media. As I’m thankful that all of the children that i had the privilege of taking care of are grown, it also shows me that I don’t thing i could do it now. It was rough with a house full of teenage girls in the early 2000’s. The prayers, the crying, the self doubt of not raising them right, the sleepless nights, and the making sure they knew who Jesus Christ is and they will need Him always was more than enough. (Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. KJV)
Parenting 2015 requires much more physical, spiritual, mental and emotional guidance than ever before. We have to return to some of the ways of old of sitting down and talking with our children at the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. Talking without judgement and attitude even if you don’t like the topics. The key is for us as parents to listen and for them as our child to share what they’re dealing with. Even when they think its lame at first, they will never forget the talks, nor the time you let them get it all out just to show them that your Love for them is always there no matter the situation.