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But when I look at this text, I discover and unearth that there is an analogy here that is set up with this Mother Eagle teaching and instructing her young eaglets how to fly. And, moreover, some helpful nuggets that can serve as a launching pad to soar productively and effectively in our parenting.
And if you pray with me I want to try and lift up out of this text some parenting skills that can be picked up from the Mother Eagle.
Take note—I did not say parenting like a chicken—for a chicken teaches her young to eat almost anything. In fact that is why after you get a little chicken you get it and put it up off of the yard and put it up and you nurture it with special feed. Because if you take it off the yard you will discover that it’s been eating everything. And additionally, a chicken will teach its young only/merely how to scratch for things—really it will teach it how to pluck/pull/tug and how to scratch/graze/nick—but it will never teach/traing/instruct it how to fly.
I did not say parenting like an ostrich—who hides/covers/screens her eggs in the sand. Just below the surface/plane of the sand where they are easily/effortlessly trampled upon and easily crushed by those who are walking by; and easily found by predators. And I have discovered that there are some parents just like that—who only cover/protect/shield/guard/defent their children with sand-like experiences—whereby they are easily discovered by predators of life and easily trampled upon by those walking by.
Now (interestingly and additionally) an ostrich is also notoriously known by another problem—and that is that the ostrich is known to place his head in the sand when trouble comes along. And I didn’t say parenting like an ostrich because some parents are clearly/obviously/evidently in utter and complete denial—and they are operating under some false illusion—acting like their child doesn’t have any problems/issues at all.
However, is there anybody in here who really wants, yearns and desires a full and practical understanding as to how to parent like an eagle?
And, consequently, when you look at that 11th verse, there are five phrases there that we want to lift up as some parenting skills for parents—in an effort to improve and enhance our homes/families/relationships. For when you and I gain a proper understanding of the importance and imperative of how paramount and tantamount our parenting and our parenthood is to the lifeblood of our future and our community—
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