Monday, May 25, 2009

Don’t quit now

By Dr James Dobson

FocusOnTheFamily_LogoSmall Have you ever thought about how long it takes to raise a human being and get him or her ready for independent living?

It takes us 20 years or more to try to produce a son or daughter who can earn a living and stay out of trouble and make normal adult decisions.

Seriously, we probably won’t find many shortcuts, for the simple reason that there aren’t any. Let’s face it: This child-rearing task is the most long-term project we will ever attempt. And like any other long-term task, the important thing is not to give up, but to persevere, and reach the joy of the finish line.

Why have I chosen to offer this advice today? Because there are many voices out there telling parents to give up; to bail out; to think only of themselves. And there will be many discouraging moments along the way.

But as the father of two grown kids, I can tell you that the childhood years pass ever so quickly; yet the rewards of doing that parenting job properly will last for a lifetime.

From TODAY, Voices – Monday, 25-May-2009

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