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Parenting Young Kids

08. March 2017

Columns, RP Living,

  —Adam and Anne Niess

What are some of the unique blessings and challenges of parenting young kids?

Young children are both cute and funny. They mispronounce words and have silly expressions—joys that never get old and help keep us persevering and thankful as parents. It is a unique blessing to see young children mature, both physically and spiritually. These years are blessings to be treasured because they do not last long.

At the same time, young kids are immature. They can be annoying. They cannot be reasoned with. They do not know why they do what they do. They are stubborn, prideful, and usually fall into the sin patterns of their parents.

How would you define a biblical view of parenting?

Since Christian parents are often instruments God uses to save covenant children, it is tempting to think that being a Christian parent means it is your job to ensure the salvation of your child. However, salvation belongs to the Lord, Scripture says. No matter how hard we try, only He can give our covenant children eternal life.

Nevertheless, we are to be faithful servants of God in the tasks He has given, leaving the results to Him. As the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (ESV). God gives us this command because He delights to use the efforts of Christian parents in bringing children to Himself, but ...

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