Do You Like Your Children?

Posted By on August 16, 2011

Kelly Crawford posted this excellent piece over at Raising Homemakers:

I find it downright heartbreaking that we have cultivated a whole generation of parents who don’t even enjoy their own children, to the degree they are glad for them to spend a large portion of the day somewhere else.

One of the reasons for not enjoying one’s children is the failure to teach them simple obedience and respect. I’ve seen children who haven’t been taught respect for their parents–I wouldn’t want to spend the day with them either. Raising obedient children is almost a lost art…and yet, it is actually quite simple! Well, the concept is simple. The tough part is making the commitment to spend the time and energy required to carry out these “simple” principles.

Oh that parents would understand who they are, what they have in their children, the vastly important work God has given them, and the privilege to carry out that work!

Read the full article at THIS LINK.

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About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of eleven children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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2 Responses to “Do You Like Your Children?”

  1. defman says:

    That is totally true. The key word is, “commitment”, which is sadly lacking in a lot of parents.

    If one day I ever find my true love, I SHALL treasures my love, and our children forever, teaching them the truth that Lord Jesus Christ spoke in His Word of Truth, the King James Bible.

    It is sad when people are so caught up in their lives that they treats their children badly, losing sight of their value when they’re chasing money, or something that has no value.

    Perhaps if this was point out to them, maybe they’ll wake up and finally start learning how to treat their children with respect and earn their obedience, and that in time they’ll become a REAL family by being TOGETHER instead of separate lives. Ah well, it will all take time and patience to reach out to each one, individually and teach them, one by one.

  2. Robin Jennifer says:

    Wow, I am both excited and saddened to hear someone speaking the truth about this mindset that has invaded American society that children are a “bother.” As a full-time mother of one who is already grown and one who is still in diapers, I can attest to the level of work and commitment that it takes to really parent. I have been a professional child care giver in the past (a ‘nanny’, for lack of a better term) both live-in and live-out, and I will say this: there have been days when I have commented to my husband about these beautiful children and toddlers whom I LOVE with the love of Christ, and unfortunately I have said to him, “I don’t LIKE this child!” As he spoke to me about it, because I was riddled with guilt for saying such a thing, we both realized that I don’t “like” being WITH these children for nine hour stretches for the very specific reasons you give in the article: they are disobedient to their parents and any other authority and they lack any respect for proper adult authority, instead believing that they are the authority in their homes! It is difficult to “like” being with an adult who behaves this way – much less a child. I believe that as long as mothers and fathers abdicate their God-given responsibility to train up their own children, to teach them while rising up and throughout the day and upon lying down…the Biblical mandate…there will be children who are seen as burdens. This is not the only reason, of course, for this horrible mindset, but we have a tremendous responsibility to do the right thing with ouru own children so our families can glorify Christ and shine forth His light in the darkness of today, possibly influencing others to seek His face for their family.