The Solution to Worrying About Our Kids

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If you are a parent, you worry. I know I do. In a recent article by Today’s Parent, feeling anxious or concerned about our kids is the #1 issue parents say consumes their thoughts. When they are babies, we worry about if they are still breathing in their cribs. As youngsters, we worry if they are getting enough nutrition. As teenagers, we worry about their friends (or whether they have any), where they are, and with whom they spend their time on the weekend.

The bottom line is that we all worry as parents. But, you and I have two distinct advantages as believers that can make a real difference, if we really believe them to be true.

  1. Our kids are on loan to us from God, but they ultimately belong to Him. We get them for 18 years or so to do our best (with The Lord’s help) to “train them up in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). But it helps to remember that they are ultimately His children, just like we are, and He holds them in the palm of His hand.
  1. God loves our kids more than we do. Stop and think about that statement for a moment. What does that mean for whatever you have been worrying about with your child? Whatever it may be, the truth is God knows what He is doing, what our kids’ futures hold, and the lives for which He is preparing them.

Now I know this is reminder for many of us, but it is one that I need daily. Like much of this life, all it takes is faith.

We’re all in this together!

Jeff

About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→