It is every parents’ desire to see their kids grow up to be responsible, respectful, loving, compassionate, grateful, and God-fearing people. If they fail, we, as parents feel that we have failed too.
Do we start loving them less when they stray? The answer is NO. But we need to let them learn from their mistakes when they trip and fall. We have to let them know the consequences of their actions, and when they compromise with their judgment. And as good parents, we need to let our children pick up the pieces, figure things out, and learn on their own on how it is to live in the real world, away from the protective cloak we have covered them while they were young.
We call it “tough love” but it is LOVE, nonetheless.
Some parents go easy with their kids when they stray. Some are strict and disciplinarians only because they want to correct and address the bad behaviour, the wrong doings, the untoward character that could blossom into ungodly behaviours if left unattended. Does that make them bad parents?
Kids these days think they have everything figured out. I appreciate the younger generation’s point of view, and logical approach to situations in life. However, let us not forget the values that these younger generation are forgetting. It is acceptable to have a different opinion on many things in life, but when someone questions our authority as parents, our expectations, our aspirations for our children’s future and well-being, and when someone tells us how we should be as parents, then you have definitely crossed the LINE.
This is for the younger generation of this millennia who think, talk, and feel that they know it all, “UNTIL YOU ARE NOT A PARENT, DO NOT LECTURE US ON HOW TO BE ONE.”
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