A guest post by Louise Robertson
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
When I was growing up my mother would say to her children, “When you are little you step on my toes; but when you are grown you step on my heart.”
I’m a grandmother and a great-grandmother. After the children are grown, instead of stepping on your toes and your heart, they sometimes almost cut your heart out.
After the children are grown, you have to watch what you say to them. Most grown children do not control their tongue. You may want to live their life for them, but you can’t.
A mother gives birth to a happy, healthy, bouncing baby boy or girl. For the first few days she will hug, pat and caress her little baby. She will rock back and forth, and say, “I love you forever,” and “I like you always,” and “as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”
When they are growing up you get angry because of things they might be doing, and you might say, “You’re driving me crazy.”
When the child gets to be a teenager, they think they are eighteen going on twenty-one. They like loud music and strange clothes. Sometimes, it would be great if you could put them in a barrel, cover up the hole, and let them out whenever they are twenty-one.
Indeed everyone who quotes proverbs will use this proverb against you: “Like mother, like daughter!”
“You are your mother’s daughter, loathing husband and children; and you are the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and children; your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite” (Ezekiel 16:44-45).
Most children today think you can buy love, but you can’t buy love, because love is not sold anywhere.