I love my kids.
Some time ago, when my friends and I were young mothers, we bemoaned the constant monitoring we had to do, keeping our toddlers from jumping off couches, climbing unsteady structures, darting across the road, etc.
An older friend interjected, saying she wished it were still the days in which all she had to was worry about the physical safety of her son (in his teens).
"How do I protect him now--how do I protect him from peer pressure or low self esteem? How do I do that?"
She was right on the money. These intangible hazards are far more dangerous than the physical injuries from which we early on protect our children. Parenting today is harder than ever before, with the ubiquity of the Internet (phones, tablets, laptops) and its easy access to questionable content.
Parents can no longer be gatekeepers. Yet we don't want to deny children access to the very technology that is a daily part of academic and professional life. Therefore, it becomes imperative for us as parents to establish a true foundation, something our children can rely on when they encounter problematic cyberspace content without parental guidance:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but through me" (John 14:6).
Therefore, train up your child in Jesus, and as your child journeys through this life, he will not depart from Jesus, the truth, or Life with our Father, who art in Heaven.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake ’s teaching.
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I love my kids.