How do we teach our children to respect others while not giving up the values we have tried to instill in them? If you only look at our country's media you would think we no longer had any values beyond indulging ourselves and our children in everything. Teaching our children to be respectful of others, tolerant of other people's beliefs and cultures has suddenly turned into the media telling us we must accept everything as right and valued. But there is a difference between someone being made fun of or ridiculed and indulging their every whim.
As a parent you never want your child to be made fun of or to lack in friendships. Yet more and more we see parents indulging their children's feelings or desires, whether it's actually doing their homework for them, or insisting the teacher or administration is wrong about academic standards or discipline or encouraging them towards their transgender feelings at an age when they are really too young to have those feelings. Instead of guidance, parents are becoming 'friends', instead of leaders, parents are becoming activists, instead of role modeling a faith filled life, they are throwing up hands, giving into demands and staying home from faith activities that could actually help them grown and raise their children.
It's not easy to be a parent. It is hard today, it was hard yesterday and it will continue to be hard because we're human. It's why God created marriage because it takes a mom and dad to raise kids. Yes, it also takes other family members, grandparents, friends, community but mostly we've forgotten it takes God.
We shove Him into the background. But God is there to lead parents in their modeling of a value based life. Jesus showed us how to respect other people without indulging them. He was considerate of the sinner, yet encouraged he or she to go and sin no more. Parents must to the same thing. Parents are nurturers, not indulgers. Parents are role models, not activists. Parents are supposed to try to lead their children to God, not give them excuses to stay away from Him. Parents need our prayers.