Children need to be shown the difference between right and wrong, and parents need to remember that their role is to train the rules of responsibility to their children.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I want to acknowledge it’s not always easy to be the enforcer of the rules kids need to obey, but it’s a job mothers needs to do.
When my children were young, my mother’s wisdom helped immensely, along with the advice of others. I was blessed to be part of a loving church in Texas and then in California, where women whose children were older than mine offered helpful advice. Our moms groups were beneficial, as well, as we would gather together for playgroups and to share tips with one another. I also read many books, which offered helpful information.
Recently, I read a wonderful book written by local author Rhonda Stoppe. “Moms Raising Sons to be Men” (www.rhondastoppe.com) offers great insight for young mothers. It is not only filled with lessons Rhonda gleaned over the years as a pastor’s wife and mother, but also includes accounts from other moms.
Using passages from the Bible, Rhonda shares stories of moms who did parenting right, and others who weren’t as helpful to their children as they had hoped.
Most importantly, she acknowledges the strong role mothers have in their children’s lives. Being a parent is a hands-on job and takes everyday effort, but it’s a job well worth doing.
Amy Torres is a published writer and a spiritual adviser and counselor. She and her husband lead the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Patterson.