Mega country star Carrie Underwood and her husband says they will raise their child in accordance to the Proverbial teaching, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it,” Proverbs 22:6. Underwood’s focus is to teach her child “to extend Christ-like love to others, and to love those who are different.”
Underwood believes that a child taught to love is a child who will show love—-simply saying a child is a product of their environment.
But what about single parents, who struggle to keep afloat of life challenges, work more than one job and their children are forced to care for themselves or play the adult role forfeiting their childhood? Children who raise themselves sometimes do not receive the agape unconditional love from their parents. Some find themselves struggling with self-identity at an early age and many become addicted to drugs, alcohol, and sex. Love could have a variety of meaning to them as it is predicated on their experiences.
Debbie Phelps wrote a book “A Mother for All Seasons,” she talked about being a single working mother who participated in all areas of her children’s lives. In her book she talks about an imperfect family and a mother who exemplified the importance of parenting her children. Although the road had bumps, she was persistent, as she seen greatness in all her children, which her son Michael Phelps became an Olympic champion. Debbie is an example how a parent plays an important role in the outcome of their children’s lives.
Both Underwood and Phelps are indications whether married or a single parent, children need love, nurturing, affection, discipline, and guidance from their parent(s) to sustain life imbalances.
Underwood’s indication that she wants to impart love in her child’s life demonstrates that she will train, nurture, and be an example to her child. Debbie Phelps is a seasoned example that it can be done.
This does not mean their children are perfect, but that the seed planted in them will germinate and sustain throughout life challenges.
Taking a closer look at the Proverbs, it is simply saying to teach children the wisdom of life, how to avoid snares, and to pattern their lives as soldiers by holding their own, not only to observe the command, but allow the command to condition behavior so that when the child becomes an adult the behavior is solidified.
Faith is stepping into the unforeseen areas as a parent that teaches, train, instruct, nurture, and admonish their children with the hopes they will exemplify the same to their children and children’s children.