Recently I witnessed something you don’t see much anymore. I was in a quick oil change place when a grandmother and her beautiful young granddaughter came in. The young child was probably around four or five years old and it looked as though she just came from a church Bible school.
The child carried a book and wanted the grandmother to read it to her. It was a book of Bible stories and the child was pointing to the pictures, asking questions about the characters, and very interested in what her grandmother was reading. It was obvious that this child has been read to a lot and she had a very studious attitude.
Many of today’s younger parents, with both parents working, find it difficult to read to their young children because of the fast-paced world and the necessity of trying to keep up with your debts and neighbors. I thoroughly believe this has taken a toll on our society because many of today’s young children are being raised and taught by people other than parents or family members. Most of the time parents are not aware of some of the things being said or taught to their young children unless the children tell them when they get home.
I am not saying that all nurseries, kindergartens, babysitters, nannies, etc. are bad because they are not. Many are exceptional and do a tremendous job teaching our young children manners, respect, and behavior, which affects their demeanor and attitude toward life. However, there are many that are not this way and only keep children because it is a job and not a career field.
I understand that many of the millennials must work to keep up with today’s fast paced society. It is my hope that when they have time, and they should make time each day, to talk to their young children. They need to quiz them about their day, what they did, and what they learned. Each parent should spend as much time with their children as they can. They should read to them and explain to them the ways of the world. This should come from parents and/or family members instead of someone else.
We need to heed what we are told in Proverbs 22:6; “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Just as the young girl was being read to by her grandmother, she was asking questions about what she was seeing and hearing. The grandmother was very patient and answered every question. She also explained how God expects and wants us to live for Him and how all of us should act in today’s society.
My wife and I read to our children during their adolescent years. We were fortunate that my wife didn’t work until our youngest child was in school. She, being a schoolteacher was an added blessing, went to school with them and came home with them.
It is my hope that young parents of today will find the time to lead and guide their children and not depend on someone else to raise them. It is also my hope that each home will be blessed with God being the head of the home.