The Art of Parenting
The Goal of Parenting
The moment a crying baby make his appearance in the delivery room, or a judge signs the document to make the adoption official, the responsibility of another human being falls on your shoulders and on your heart. You’re determined to do it right, to provide well, to teach and train effectively, and eventually to launch a responsible adult into the world.
Children learn to build relationships at home. Dennis Rainey says that the essence of a parent’s job comes down to this:
- Let the children know they are loved
- Train them to love God
- Train them to love others who are imperfect, just as they are.
Understanding & Nurturing Identity
At an early age children ask, “Who Am I and Why Am I Here?” The search for identity building relationships
begins in God, not within ourselves. Unless we understand this, we will arrive at incorrect and incomplete conclusions about the purpose of life and who we are. The Art of Parenting will help you understand how identity is formed and how to nurture it in the lives of your children.
As parents, we want our children to have character. We want them to act with honesty, kindness, integrity, wisdom, and so on. But the process of helping form their character can be quite challenging. It will require your patience, endurance, forgiveness, understanding, and much more. In other words, it takes character in you to train character in them.
Parents often wonder how to effectively discipline their child. Discipline and character go hand in hand, and love connects the two. Every parent knows that turning children over to indulge their own wills is a setup for heartbreak. That’s why Hebrews 12:6 says, “the Lord disciplines the one He loves.” To put this in the parenting context, all children need discipline, and all discipline should be done in love.
The Importance of Family
By God’s design, the family is the building block of civilization. One generation brings up another, and then another, and then another. And that which connects the generations, again by God’s design, are the eyewitness accounts of His greatness and grace that we can pass on to our children.
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