March 11, 2015
Parental supervision and guidance early in a child’s life is not only important, it’s a matter of primary importance. During life’s first years we depend upon our parents for everything. Some parents believe that because their children have achieved physical independence their job is complete. On the contrary, the hard part has just begun.
Providing for a baby’s physical needs can be exhausting, but it is simple. Feed the baby, change the baby, love the baby (very important), put the baby to sleep. Your children have grown beyond that stage, but their needs are infinitely more complex. They are now dealing with puberty, with their bodies and emotions growing much quicker than their wisdom. Now, more than ever, they need your undivided attention
In recent years there has been a lot of attention on latch-key kids, children who are home alone until their parents get home from work. They have several unsupervised hours to experiment with everything from drugs to sex, and beyond. You may have good kids, but don’t trust them beyond their years (Proverbs 22:15).
Besides, your family appears to have a successful plan. You have prospered with your husband working and you staying at home. It may take 10 years, rather than five, to be “set for life.” Set your sights much higher. Look beyond set for “life” and be set for “eternity” (Romans 8:18).
Taken from Adrian Rogers' weekly newspaper column. Used by permission. 2001, The Commercial Appeal.