Being a dad is one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced. I mean I love it. I love being a parent. However, what is challenging is that we don’t get a manual with a list of instructions of proper care and maintenance for our children. With that said, what is our role of parents. For Christians, it boils down to one thing. Transferring our parenting from us to God. So in everything we do early on we are giving our children a picture of who God is—whether we like it or not. And some of us don’t realize the damage we are doing to the image of God in the heads of our children. Here are some parenting styles that mar God’s image for our children.
This is the parent that wants to provide an environment where their child will thrive. That sounds great…for babies. Babies need a safe environment that is provided by the parent. They need boobs or bottles stuck in their mouths and they need their bottoms wiped and they need to have an environment conducive to sleep. Now the funny thing about babies is that they don’t stay babies forever, but helicopter parents try to maintain the safe environment where they can best thrive. If there are other children who may hurt Junior’s feelings, Junior is removed from that environment. If there are teachers who grade too harshly, those teachers hear from Rescuer about how that teacher’s standards aren’t fair and that Junior really had an excuse and his grade’s need to reflect the grade that he really deserves. Rescuer ensures that negativity rarely comes in contact with Junior. Rescuers ensure natural consequences are not a part of their kid’s life. The parent is god, our savior.
and when he is old he will not turn from it.