It is said we live through our children. To a degree this may be true. As parents, we try to raise our children better than we thought we were raised. We invest time, a lot of money, love, confidence so they can have a grand future. How is this working?
The sad reality is children grow and go no matter how we raise them. We can be great parents according to our perspective, or we can be terrible parents according to their perspective.
What is the point then? Parenting is a tough job. The world is against us in many ways. Our children are exposed to everything we try to protect them from. What we said no to is the first thing they seek out when given a chance. Some adult children reflect on instilled values and use them as their guide. Others have to tread on all sorts of troublesome paths and have to suffer consequences they never contemplated. Yet, they come to the parents for a bail out with many affectionate promises. We suffer right along with them, no, we suffer more.
The emotional an financial consequences to parents are deeper and far more extensive than the young adult cares to imagine. As adults to whom made their own choices that were not always the best, we can see where a situation is headed. Sadly, the young adult grows deaf as we inquire, reason or suggest. They imagine they are smarter an wiser. In fact they do not have the ability to see in their mind’s eye that we were young like them. An they cannot see they will get old like us.
It is good to be there for our loved ones. Yet, we must be cautious not to have our love exploited. We cannot have trust, faith, an confidence in them to an unfailing degree. They will make choices we would not want them to make. Our children may disappoint us at times.
Imagine the 1950’s era parents an how they suffered with hippy era children. There were not cell phones, so if your young adult went off on an adventure it may have been a long time before knowledge of safety and wellness was recieved. Each era has it’s benefits and it’s grief.
The conclusion I have come to is that there has never been a perfect parent and there is no perfect child. The only perfect parent is Jehovah and his son Jesus was a perfect child.
When Adam an Eve disobeyed their father Jehovah he was devastated. Yet, he refused to let his affections leave him defeated. Jehovah had to step back an leave them to go the way of their own choosing. Jehovah was a perfect parent, he generously provided for all their needs. They could have been perfect children yet they threw it away choosing to ignore the warnings from their father.
As Jehovah was a perfect parent an yet his two children with free-will made devasting choices our children too may at times lack appreciation or they may make choices that confound us. We may be hurt and disappointed.
I believe when our children disappoint us, we need not blame ourselves or our mate. Some children come around later, and we can have faith they will. If we invested love, and good training in their upbringing then we can hope they will return to the things beneficial.
We need not be defeated. We have our own life to continue living with Joy. It is vital we let go of those with free will and have confidence in their return. We have a responsibility to learn how to live our life well by using our free will in a most beneficial manner being a good example for our children to long to return to. Are you living your life?
Imagine the interests that were put off to raise children. It is time to contemplate the interests that were negated and invest in our future as we learn to live a joyful life. Our job is to raise a new generation, let go, live a few years productively until they must return to care for our needs when we are old. So really, whom has the last laugh. The elderly as they piss away their dignity with little control so they learn to enjoy the small things in life.
It is important we learn to enjoy small joys and activities while we are still young enough. Why wait until we are old? We are not defeated because we know we were not perfect children, we were not perfect young adults and nor were we perfect parents. So we cannot take it personally when our children make greivious decisions. Let us live!