The Challenge that children can bring

This should be a nice change of pace, switching from marriage over to raising children. We will be referring to the book by Dr. James C. Dobson – Parenting isn’t for Cowards.

He gives a great example in the first chapter, Pg. 9, about a family that had three perfect children. Its what he referred to as “easy” children. They never complained, always kept their room clean, “spoke politely”, “musically talented”, “and even had teeth that did not need straightening”. Of course, this is the kind of parents that would freely give out advice to other parents, until, they had their fourth child while still in their forty’s. Suddenly, they discontinued their counseling services. Because according to Dr Dobson the new little one, “He loves to fight with his parents and already knows considerably more than they. Just ask him. He will tell you.” Pg. 10

My children are 15, 14, and 8 years of age. Its amazing to observe their similarities and distinctions. I’m guessing as parents we all have one thing in common, we want the very best for our children.

Is. 54:13
All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the prosperity of your children.

Online book study – Parenting Isn’t For Cowards – Dr. James C. Dobson


  1. Wendy said

    Thanks for the posts Dan. I definitely am one to feel inferior at times when I get the look from other parents like “just make them” you’re the parent…I was reassured at the counseling office yesterday when the lady said, you can’t make anybody do anything.

    God showed me something in the word the other day: He brought me to the scriptures when Moses was on Mount Nebo. Anyhow, Moses, died ALONE. They never even found his body, thus no grave. He was God’s friend. He was the only one EVER to see God walk by in the mountain while God covered him with the cuff of his hand so that he could see the back of him. CAN YOU PICTURE that? Okay…so how does this tie in right???? Well, If God chose Moses, befriended him, was known as the greatest prophet, who was only out done by Jesus as far as miracles, THEN he should have gotten everything he wanted, right?

    ….Okay, back on the mountain…God is showing him all of the cities…BUT does not let him go into them. God stood firm on that word. NO. He didn’t say, okay, you’ve been respectful to me 99.9% of the time; therefore, I am gonna say yes…You disobeyed by striking the rock twice making water come out instead of speaking to it and the answer is final.

    This may seem crazy but…THAT empowered me. There is so much guilt thrown around that sometimes as parents we are not sure if we are making the right decisions and still allowing our kids to make mistakes and learn from them. God gave me an answer about something VERY significant that I had been contemplating for one of my kids. NO. Thanks for listening and I hope this empowered you too.

  2. excellent udoh said

    Raising children with fear of God.

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