Whether you’re single or married, parenting can often be unsettling. But with God’s help, the love and support from family and friends will bring comfort to one’s heart. Truly is it said, that it takes a village to raise a child.
A family’s foundation is steadied by embracing a Godly direction; its success is secured by invoking a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
I know this personally, having been a single mother for many years. My children are now adults, with the youngest, Nate, being 18 years old. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to raise children. Many times through the years, I didn’t know if I was making the right decision. Oftentimes I had to trust God and let go. This wasn’t easy for a hands-on parent, who invested a lot of time and energy in her children and became familiar with their interests and their strengths and weaknesses. Effective parenting is being a positive influence and aiding your children in positioning themselves to make purposeful life choices.
There is no definitive manual issued to us when we become parents. To be sure, there are many parenting books in the self-help section of bookstores and libraries; we receive unsolicited advice from the cradle to college and beyond. I think the basic components of successful parenting are unselfish, healthy love; common sense; and living according to Biblical principles. The Bible is a wonderful guide for parents.
Sometimes we make our lives more difficult than they have to be. I have found the experience of child rearing to be one that covers many levels of emotion and tests one’s personal growth. Oftentimes it seems like a thankless job. But what a gift!
I believe parenting is one of the greatest investment opportunities of mankind. The reward and the degree of success are relative to the satisfaction found in knowing that you did your best.
— Dr. Kathy Jackson-Morgans