In many ways children are strangers. Parents have to come to know them, discover their strengths and their weaknesses, and guide them to maturity, allowing them to make their own decisions.
The greatest gift parents can give their children is their love for each other. Through that love they create an anxiety-free place for their children to grow, encouraging them to develop confidence in themselves and find the freedom to choose their own ways in life.
For further reflection...
"If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring it success." - Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV)
This devotional was written by Henri Nouwen.
You can find his website here: henrinouwen.org