Kids are much like kites – struggling to become airborne, yet needing the stability of the string. A kite is not designed to be possessively protected inside the home. Though separation is painful, God designed your role as a parent to prepare ‘your kite’ for flight. As the fragile frame dives again and again, don’t be emotionally torn by the changing winds. Keep running with your child, releasing more and more string into the Lord’s sovereign hands.”
With all the changes that occur from infancy to independence, parents remain as one of the few constants in a child’s life. Though no job is more difficult, no reward is more fulfilling than to see your child blossom and grow “… in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
Our Understanding of Parenting
- A parent (noun) is a mother or father, with responsibilities as provider, protector, and defender of a child.
- The Hebrew word for parent is horim, derived from the same root word as moreh, which means “teacher.”
- To parent (verb) means to physically raise, emotionally nurture, and spiritually nourish a son and/or daughter.
- A parent is the single most important teacher a child will ever have.
Proverbs 1:8 “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”
To determine your biblical accountability as a parent, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you regard your children as a blessing? “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” (Psalm 127:3)
- Do both you and your spouse approach parenting with common goals and actions? “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3)
- Do you take every opportunity to teach your children spiritual truths? “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7)
- Do you clearly instruct your children by doing what is ethically right and just? “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
- Do you plan ahead to protect your children from danger? “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” (Hebrews 11:23)
- Do you provide for your children’s material needs? “Children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” (2 Corinthians 12:14)
- Do you effectively discipline your children? “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” (Proverbs 29:17)
- Do you deserve the pride and respect of your children? “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” (Proverbs 17:6)