No one imagines when you have children that there may come a day when you see that child in shackles, handcuffs, and taken away by a prison guard. And, no one can tell you the kind of hurt you will feel in your heart when you see that child like that. Even if it is a step child! I won’t go into detail but suffice it to say we saw that today! And man, what an eye opening experience that was. The sadness in my husbands eyes, the feeling of helplessness that I know he felt, and the inability for me to make him feel any better was so hard. No one can prepare you for that.
It is amazing to me that in this day and age so many kids are going down paths that take twists and turns that they just don’t need to take. It seems so common now, drug abuse, guns, driving under the influence, fighting. Just the general state of affairs of our kids is very sad to me. Nothing is taken seriously, not school, not family, not respect of elders. And, it would seem that they feel they can just get away with it all without consequence…that is until they do something really bad, get caught and their life is changed forever! But no one can tell them that! They don’t want to hear it. They are smarter and stronger then anyone else and they can make it all on their own…that is until they are caught doing something really bad…then it’s all about “mom and dad HELP!”
What happened to our society? To our kids? To our parenting? Are we too afraid of our kids to step up and say “NO MORE!”? Or do we fear that they won’t love us anymore if we impose rules and regulations upon them? Or, is there no amount of discipline, or parenting that will change it?
God, please help our kids!