How Tough It Is To Be A Parent

Just how tough is it to be a good parent today? I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

A couple of years ago I asked one thousand mothers and fathers to describe their greatest frustrations in raising kids. I heard all kinds of goofy stories in response about sticky telephones and wet toilet seats and shoestrings in a knot. One mother actually wanted to know why it is that a toddler never throws up in the bathroom. That would violate some kind of great unwritten law of the universe to be sure. But in my poll, parents didn't merely laugh about their frustrations; they tended to blame themselves.

They said they were overwhelmed and were losing confidence and didn't really know how to cope anymore. How sad it is that this age old responsibility of raising children has become so burdensome and guilt laden. Actually, the facts won't support that self-condemnation in the majority of cases. Millions of parents have handled their child rearing responsibility with great skill. And it's time that someone patted them on the back for their commitment and their sacrifice. And someday when the frustrations of toddlerhood and the turmoil of adolescence has passed they'll enjoy the sweet benefits of a job well done. Hang in there moms and dads. Your kids will be young for the mere blink of an eye. This is Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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