If you think parenting is easy…you’re doing it wrong. That’s not to say that there aren’t moments of joy, laughter, and fun cuddles. But from the moment your child comes into the world a little part of your heart is walking around outside your body. And it is exhausting trying to keep them safe, to mold and shape their character, and to guide them in their journey to adulthood.
In the younger years, you try to minimize the boo-boos, the cuts and scrapes that your child can get into physically. But, as they grow, they start to experience pains that can’t be covered by a band-aid. When they were young you were their hero, but around the teen years you suddenly realize you’re not as “cool” in their eyes as you once thought you were.
While there a million choices parents make today…cloth or disposable diapers? Homeschool or public school? What is the right bedtime for a toddler? How much time on screens should I allow them? What’s the right age to give them their own cell phone? Do I make them eat Aunt Susie’s green bean casserole?…yet, the Bible doesn’t have specific answers for all of those questions.
But the Bible does provide guiding principles that will make a parents job much easier through the years. That’s what FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting is all about. We’ve gathered some of the best experts from around the country to give us the big picture of what our role as parents is all about. I don’t know about you, but I know that in the midst of the day to day parenting chaos we call life we need to be reminded of the big picture.
Both Deborah and I have had a significant role in the Art of Parenting Online launch. Deborah was selected to be one of the two online hosts who will guide participants through the video series. And Abe has worked behind the scenes with filming some of the online bonus content, and then also editing the series into it’s online incarnation. We are so excited for parents to finally get experience it on May 1st.