I have a grown son, and 2 teenagers. They are good kids, but the influences in the world are bad. I try my best to teach them the right ways to go in life, and rely on the promise in the bible that if I raise them up right, they will not depart from it.
Reading the news headlines everyday, gives me shivers. So many young lives lost to ignorance, lack of parental involvement, no good role models at home.. or just simple neglect. It breaks my heart to think of all of the young people with promise in the world today that are suffering with no direction in life.
My boys get mad at me, because I criticize or monitor what music they listen to. I believe that music has a direct impact on the brain. Children are influential, especially at such a young age. People that are in a position to be good role models to our youth today, are abusing that position, and I think that's a shame. There could be so many people making a positive impact on our impressionable young people. Why can't they see this?
I will never stop being a mom! I will never stop caring and correcting and teaching my children the right way to go. We have a responsibility to our children. Don't succumb to pressure to be the "cool parent," by giving in and letting them do what "everyone else is doing." Even if it's something as innocent sounding as music. Be aware of what feeds your children's minds, and hearts. I'm not saying you have to be a super strict parent that allows no freedoms, I'm saying be a super caring parent that loves your children enough to care about what kind of adults they are going to go into.
As I lay my head down tonight, I will pray for my boys, as I do everyday. Hopefully you will for your children and those of the world too. Let's all keep our hearts, eyes and minds open to the fact that if we aren't correcting our own, we can't really complain about the ones that come into contact with ours. Plant the seeds and let them grown within your children. Raise them up right, and they will not depart from it. They do remember, they do listen and they will remember.. even if you think they don't.