With the fast paced lifestyles we lived in, there are priorities and pressures facing parents in their 20s and 30s that can get in the way of deliberate parenting. These include career development, acquisition of material possessions and marital adjustment. As a result it is common for house helps or nannies to be the primary care providers for children.
For most parents the busy 20s and 30s coincide with the limited window of opportunity to train and develop our children. Yet the biggest impact is made during the first six years of the child’s life, as it becomes difficult to change established patterns and directions after age ten. This may require making lifestyle changes in order to be deliberately involved with our children. These changes may include (but are not limited to) postponing further studies, changing jobs and modifying material goals.
In the LEA experience, you discover that it is the parents, not the children who should determine the training process. You will learn how to deal with the ‘terrible twos’, ‘elusive elevens’ and ‘troublesome teens’ before they happen. You will also learn that the primary responsibility of parenting lies with the father, the mother is the primary care giver while any hired help plays a supportive role.
Spiritual nurturing lies with the parents, not the Sunday school teacher nor with a Christian school. Character, wisdom and skill required for success in social life, marriage and family will not just happen. The parent must invest in this future by training the child with the end in mind.
In light of the realities of modern life, what practical steps can parents take to raise responsible, godly offspring? Is it even possible?