Parenting is hard. I don’t think anyone who as been a parent for any amount of time would disagree. There aren’t always easy answers for the problems we face. Again and again, we need to ask God how to best face the challenges before us. Never is this more true, though, than when one is raising a child who is different.
No amount of correct parenting will produce godly children. We might be able to raise obedient, respectful, well-mannered kids, but only the Spirit of God can change our children’s hearts. That is why prayer is so important.
I’ve always been happy to see my children coloring, especially when they were younger. I figured it was a painless way to achieve better motor skills and improve their handwriting, something that some of my boys really needed work on. There has been evidence that benefits to coloring don’t stop when you grow out of childhood.
I almost didn’t share this post. I thought maybe it’s too real — too honest. And then I thought maybe I’m exagerating the state of my house and of my mind that Sunday evening a few weeks ago. And then also, what can I say that hasn’t been said before?
I have two sons doing high school chemistry this year. This year I have a son in 9th grade and one in 11th so one of them is using Integrated Physics and Chemistry and one of them is using Jay Wile’s Discovering Design with Chemistry.
Tears stood in my eyes as I listened to my son pronounce the words to his speech therapist. “Cat, cut, cow, call.” First the hard c sound at the beginning of words, then in the middle, then at the end. Then the same with the hard g. I was amazed. Every single c and g (at the beginning, middle, and end of words) was perfect.