THE NIGHT you were born, I ceased being my father's boy and became my son's father. That night I began a new life.
Henry Gregor Felson, Letters to a Teenage Son
IT IS MUCH EASIER to become a father than to be one.
Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man
A FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP, time to oneself, the freedom to come and go as one pleasesall this must be given up.
Huge chunks of life are laid down at the behest of infants. And then, later, parents must let go.
Elizabeth Dreyer, in Weavings journal
WE HAVE SAID THAT children must honor their parents as the natural and therefore the closest representatives of God. I should consider it unreasonable and dangerous to invert this proposition and to say that parents should feel and act toward their children as God's representatives.
Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics Vol. III, Part 4
IT DAWNED ON ME only slowly when I first had children that I held major responsibility for forming them in faith. Nor did I anticipate just how much they would form my own faith.
Bonnie Miller-McLemore, In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice
CHILDREN DO NOT NEED perfect parents, simply good enough parents. To support our children in their spiritual formation, we simply need to be on the journey with them, learning and growing, willing to say "I'm sorry" and to seek God's transforming grace, love, and strength.
Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse, and Linda Cannell, Children Matter
IF IT TAKES nine months to bring a life into this world, what makes us think we can let go of someone in less?
Hope Edelman, Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss
THE CHILD IS FREE from the first to disregard the parent, why is not the parent free from the first to disregard ...1
Already a CT subscriber? Log in for full digital access.
Subscribe to Christianity Today and get access to this article plus 60+ years of archives.
- Home delivery of CT magazine
- Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com
- Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives
- Learn more