Children Can't Grow Without Risks

One of the most difficult choices mothers and fathers must face is deciding when its appropriate to let their children suffer the consequences of their own actions and when they really do need rescuing.

I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

The road to success is fraught with failures. Every winner has at one time felt the bitter pain of defeat. And in order to grow our children must go through hard times. Yet it is incredibly difficult to stand back and watch them struggle. Our deep love for our children makes us tremendously vulnerable to their needs.

Life inevitably brings pain and sorrow to little people. And we hurt when they hurt. When others ridicule them or laugh at them, when they feel lonely and rejected, when they fail at something important, when they cry in the midnight hours, when physical harm threatens their existence.

These are the trials that seem unbearable to those of us who stand and watch from the sidelines. We want to rise like a mighty shield to protect them from life's sting, to hold them snugly within the safely of our embrace. Yet there are times when we must let them struggle.Children can't grow without taking risks. Toddlers can't walk initially without falling down. Students can't learn without facing failure and ultimately an adolescent can't enter young adulthood unless we release him from our protective custody. It takes a wise parent then, to know when to intervene on behalf of our kids and when to let profit from their stresses.

This is Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

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