Jackson Five Friday: Quite the Compliment, Quite the Responsibility

Before the election, Will and Nate had a guest speaker at school who taught them about the Electoral College. No doubt, this guest was a wonderful speaker; he showed them maps from various elections, including Reagan’s re-election where only Minnesota and DC chose Mondale. He explained how the College works, and why we have this system.

But on the drive home from school that day, little Will made a very interesting comment: “Whenever we have speakers like that they always underestimate what we know.”

“Well,” I said, “that’s because you go to an amazing school.”

“No, Mom,” he insisted. “It’s because of you and Dad.”

That’s got to be one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. What an awesome thing that my eleven-year-old son appreciates, at least at some level, the efforts of his parents! And whether he’s right or wrong, I am so grateful that he recognizes that Daddy Will and I make an effort. We want to raise critical thinkers who are informed and well-rounded. Even though we are privileged to send them to an incredible little school, we both believe that the ultimate responsibility for their education is 100% ours.

The Bible has much to say about parenting; we are to raise our children in the way that they should go, we should talk about biblical truth with our children daily, and we should recognize that discipline is the means to peace and righteousness (Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:6-8, Hebrews 12:11). Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Being a parent is daunting. May Will and I be prayerful, humble, dedicated parents. May we rely on the Lord for strength and wisdom. By His grace, may we raise these boys in the way that they should go!

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