Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids came with a user guide? If after you gave birth in the hospital, the nurse handed you a “How to Raise This Child” pamphlet that told you everything you needed to know to about raising your child?
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
You’re thrown into parenthood, ready or not, as if the world is telling you, “Good luck. Figure it out!” And you spend the next 18 years experimenting, floundering and hoping you’re doing things right.
You can make parenting a guessing game or you can get sound guidance.
Have you ever tried to assemble a piece of furniture without looking at the instruction manual? What usually ends up happening? Inevitably something is off or wobbly. A shelf collapses. Or you realize you used the wrong screw in the wrong place.
You can’t successfully assemble something without some sort of instructions. It’s the same with children. You can make parenting a guessing game and hope you come out with a child who isn’t too wobbly with a loose screw, or you can get sound guidance. You can do your homework, learn from others and do your best to be intentional about the way you parent.