Summary: It’s a dangerous world out there. Our responsibility as parents is to lead, guide and protect our children.

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Children: A Parent’s Responsibility

Notes from a man TRYING to make Mom’s life easier while she is sick in bed...

Monday A.M.

Dearest: Sleep late. Everything under control. Lunches packed. Kids off to school. Menu for dinner planned. Your lunch is on a tray in refrigerator: fruit-cup, finger-sandwiches. Thermos of hot tea by bedside. See you around six.

Tuesday A.M.

Honey: Sorry about the egg rack in the refrigerator. Hope you got back to sleep. Did the kids tell you about the Coke I put in the thermoses? The school might call you on this. Dinner may be a little late. I’m doing your door-to-door canvas for liver research. Your lunch is in refrigerator. Hope you like leftover chili.

Wednesday A.M.

Dear Doris: Why in the name of all that is sane would you put soap powder in the flour canister! If you have time, could you please come up with a likely spot for Chris’s missing shoes? We’ve checked the clothes hamper, garage, back seat of the car and wood box. Did you know the school has rules about bedroom slippers? There’s some cold pizza for you in a napkin in the oven drawer. Will be late tonight. Driving eight Girl Scouts to tour meat-packing house.

Thursday A.M.

Doris: Don’t panic over water in hallway. It crested last night at 9 P.M. Will finish laundry tonight. Please pencil in answers to following:

1. How do you turn on the garbage disposal? I thought it was automatic. Guess not.

2. What do you do with leftovers when they begin to snap at you when you open the refrigerator door? I don’t know what you’re having for lunch! Surprise me!

Friday A.M.

Hey: Don’t drink from pitcher by the sink. Am trying to restore pink dress shirt to original white. Take heart. Tonight, the ironing will be folded, house cleaned and dinner on time...I called your mother.

Yes, Moms you do have job security and accomplish more than everyone realizes. As a parent you have a great responsibility and this morning I would like to talk about our responsibility to our children.

I. The Parent’s Responsibility

a. We have a responsibility to nurture our children. (Eph. 6:4)

Webster’s: 1. To feed; to nourish.

2. To educate; to bring or train up.

3. The influences that modify the expression of an individual’s heredity.

b. We have a responsibility to protect our children.

c. We have a responsibility to teach our children. (Deut. 6:7)

d. We have a responsibility to discipline our children.

II. The Truth About Children

a. They are depraved. (Rom. 3:10, 23; Prov. 22:15)

b. They are naturally rebellious.

c. They are self-absorbed. “World revolves around me.”

i. Begins that way, called “survival”

ii. Continues that way, called “selfishness”

d. They are pliable

III. The Danger Zone

a. The danger of looking the other way.

• “kids will be kids”

• “It’s not that serious”

• “It’s just a phase”

• “They’ll be ok”

1. It does not work in any other area of life.

a) Laws of the universe: scaffold builder – “It doesn’t matter if I’m not careful where I walk.”

b) Area of physical health – “I don’t need to do anything about that tumor. After all, the doctor says it’s pretty small right now.”

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