Today, I am pulling together most of my talk about our responsibilities as parents in child rearing. I have been following the news for some time, hearing so many reports of violence
involving teen boys and girls. Although very heart-breaking, I started to see a pattern in each case.
More often than not, each child was a product of a broken home and left to find their own way. Of course, the parents of these kids would never admit to this because it would cause them to shoulder some responsibility in their child’s behavior and outcome.
See, Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” In my opinion, the best way to train up or teach your child is to tell them the truth and the show them through how you live your life. This is important because even though you may not want them to do it, they are watching everything you do.
The home environment plays a vital role in the emotional stability of a child as well. When this is neglected, chaos is almost certain to be born. I thought back on the Trayvon Martin case, Michael Brown case and even incidences in my local area and each time, the home was broken. What I mean is, mom and dad were not together, the necessary guidance wasn’t there and as a result, these teens begin to live life based on the example they found outside the home.
However, the most troubling thing was that in the event of the child’s death because of their actions, the parents allow their child to be void of any responsibility. In other words, a child can do no wrong in the mind of their parent.
Parents, most of us have dropped the ball when being an example of Godly character, integrity and responsibility. Our children have been watching, but have we been leading or neglecting our responsibility to them?
The violence we are seeing today is, in my opinion, symptoms of a bigger problem that is not being addressed.
I will be talking about this more in future posts because it is a heavy burden on my heart..