by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – What Are We Going to Do?
Editor’s note: This sounds much like the keep too busy to think style of parenting. But does this work? I don’t know, this also sounds like those over-involved helicopter parents that thrive in the wealthier suburbs of the city. Who’s to say there aren’t sexual predators or bad influences in those classes too? Michael is fighting a losing battle trying to protect his progeny from all negative influences. Would it not be better to teach those children how to deal with predators and others rather than wrap them in emotional cotton wool and keep them isolated?
I know some city parents who take the kids to music practice twice a week, keeping them highly stimulated. They spend a good amount of time at home practicing and playing together. A family that sings together clings together. I know another father who takes his girls to soccer practice several times a week. He is there actively cheering them on and is just as active in guarding them from the world, the flesh and the Devil. He sifts those who would be friends with his daughters, inviting them home and getting to know them. They don’t hang out at someone else’s home. He willingly puts up with their friends’ cluttering up of his home. He goes to all the games and encourages them in every way. And they are remaining content, waiting for God to bring the man they will marry into their lives.
Provide them trampolines, swimming pools, a shop in which to work and make things, sewing for the girls, music for all, a horizontal bar, martial arts training, fishing, hunting, knife and tomahawk throwing, painting pictures for the talented, computer repair for those interested. The list is endless. Whatever else you do, just be certain that they are constantly challenged and kept busy doing something creative that will make them a better person.
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