TLP 12: Prepare Your Kids. Don’t Protect Them. | fighting the urge to shelter your kids
There are things in this world from which we must protect our children, but there are also battles our children must fight themselves. They don’t need to be protected from those onslaughts; they need to be prepared to meet them head on.
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Thank you again for joining us today. I pray this episode can be a part of your journey to becoming an intentional, premeditated, God-glorifying parent. One of the factors that precipitated my move from Chicago to the Northwoods of Wisconsin was that I wanted to work in a ministry that afforded me the freedom to educate my children at home.
There are many facets of my love of homeschooling, but one in particular bears significant weight in light of today’s discussion.
I remember using a similar illustration with my former administrator. I said, “Imagine a universe where every eighteen year old is required to fight a professional soldier as a rite of passage and be afforded all the privileges of adulthood. Children who fail to overcome the soldier would not be able to get a job, own a home, or start their own family.
What are you going to do with your own daughter? Will you schedule her match as soon as she can stand? Will you teach her to knit instead of training her in martial endeavors? Will you wait until she’s seventeen to sign her up for self-defense classes? Of course not! If you want her to be truly successful in that world, you’ll start her training as soon as possible. You’ll make sure that when it comes time for her to face off against that professional fighter, she’s as equipped as a girl her age can possibly be. You’ll do your best to prepare her.
There are somethings in this world from which we must protect our children. There are things from which we should protect ourselves, but there are also inevitable battles that are going to be fought by your children. They don’t need to be protected from those onslaughts, they need to be prepared to meet them head on.
That’s one reason I chose to homeschool my children. I believed God wanted me taking a more active role in preparing my children for the realities of spiritual warfare. I believed God would have me and my wife be full-time, intentional, premeditated, disciple-making parents.
I’m going to read a short article for you written by Doug Wilson. Mr. Wilson is a prolific author and speaker, and his insights on this subject are profoundly accurate. His article is called, “Skanky Movie III.” Here we go.
“One trap that parents fall into is the trap of not wanting sin around their kids. But I suppose this requires some explanation.
I’d encourage you to listen to Episode 7: Stop Being the Leader! for more advice on how to prepare your children to be the kind of Leader to which Mr. Wilson is referring.
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