Entrusted with ParentingSuzanne Broadhurst
How many of us began the adventure of parenting thinking it would be a breeze?
The Breezy Dream
Just a few diapers, a package of wipes, and a safe place for baby to sleep. Add lots of adventures, a few teenage angst moments (I mean, we can’t be unrealistic), and twenty years later – pop! Out comes a perfect family!
No one suggested we buy stock in the wipes manufacturer and no one said anything – that we believed anyway – about little to no sleep for the first few years.
Or that facial tissues could be used for so very many purposes.
Or that teenage angst flows through parental veins.
Or that marriage challenges affect child-raising and vice versa.
Parenting is a Complex Business
Parenting is a complex business.
Not only are we responsible for our children’s physical well-being, we know (now) that we influence their emotional states and spiritual growth.
Add an education of the mind and our capacities are streeeeeetched.
One of the many beauties of homeschooling is that we can influence all those areas naturally and simultaneously, rather than being cut into parenting chunks of an artificial schedule.
I say naturally, but I should say supernaturally.
Entrusted with Parenting
How amazing that God entrusted human beings to parent. He has a lot of faith in us. Or at least in our ability to call on Him when our own skills run out, and hopefully before they do.
God trusts apes to parent apes, canines to parent puppies, and even cats to parent kittens. And then the family group that makes us shake our heads in wonderment at times: God trusts humans to parent humans.
What a charge He places in our care for safekeeping.
Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us alone with the responsibility. He offers to walk with us, to parent us while we parent.
He trusts us to trust Him. And homeschooling gives us plenty of opportunity to do just that!