As we find the responsibility of parenthood squarely on our own shoulders, many of us wish we’d grown up with more perfect examples of mothers and fathers. Some of us had well-meaning, loving parents who did their very best to bring us up. For others, that wasn’t our experience. Either way, all of us feel or have felt totally unprepared for parenting.
These Biblical truths guard against flaring tempers.
Many of you have replied to these emails and shared one of your greatest parental challenges is dealing with your own anger as you lead and discipline your children. Today, we have a guest writer, Beth Castle, who has great insight and experience in bringing biblical truth to this very real challenge many of us face. –Allyson Evans, Life.Church NextGen Team
“How can you still not spell this word? We’ve practiced every night for the last three days!” I say to my six-year-old daughter as I recall winning—or maybe losing—my elementary spelling bee. We’ve all been there. Maybe it was hitting a ball, working an equation, fitting into a dress, making a grade, getting into a college, or starting the right profession. At some point, we’ve found our hope firmly seated on a one-way train steaming ahead off the steep cliff of living vicariously through the very people who were intended to “spring off” of us. Yet we know our offspring should be motivated by our momentum, not halted by our hang-ups.