Every time I scroll through my Facebook feed or turn on the news, I see evil. Shootings, robberies, arson, Amber Alerts and so much more. This world we live in is full of bad things. So what do you do?
We are raising four amazing children in this world. They are innocent. They are sweet, for the most part. They see the world as kind, good, and lovely. Do I expose them to the world they really live in? Do I shattered their perception of what the world is really like? Do I continue to shelter their eyes and ears from the evil that exists in this world so that they can remain pure, innocent, loving beings?
Parenting is hard work all by itself. Raising children in the world we live in right now brings a whole new set of challenges. We are careful about what the kids watch on tv or in movies. We have open conversations with our children about anything they want to question. My kids are not completely naive. They do know bad things exists in this world. They have experience hurt and pain caused by others. They know people can do bad things. They know that we are all sinners and that we all make mistakes sometimes. They know that there has to be consequences, sometimes small and sometimes big for the choices that you make. They also know how to forgive and love.
There are so many questions I ask myself every day. Parenting is hard. Making the best choices for our children is hard. Do I sign them up for a self defense class? Do I never let them out of my sight?
We choose to raise our children in the knowledge of the Lord. To love your enemy. To love all those around you. To be kind, generous, and forgiving. We choose to have open and honest conversations. We choose to lead by example. We choose to be parents that do everything we can to help them, love them, and teach them.
Some people choose to criticize our choice to homeschool. To keep our children a little more sheltered. And I am okay with that. They may criticize our family choice. I choose to follow God’s plan for my family.
How do you keep your kids protected? What are you doing as a parent in today’s world.
I hope you have a safe and blessed day,