“There are many, many things you want your child to be able to do and virtues you want them to display by the time they are grown and on their own. But there are also many, years to learn them. Don’t demand that they learn it all by the time they’re 8.” I got this sound advice from a post titled, “Mom (and Dad) Relax, This Parenting Thing Takes A While.” The main point was you should give your children time to grow up. I thought this was great.
I think all parents worry that their children will grow up to become delinquent adults who have no consideration for others. While I believe that it’s normal to have these worries, I think that saying your 7-year old is probably going to be a law-breaker someday because of the behavior he shows today is not very realistic. Give your children time to grow up and become something other than just a kid.
Like everything in life, our children take time to acquire the right virtues and principles. As parents, we should constantly guide them in their formative years, but not expect them to act like mature adults. As much as we give our kids time to learn to walk and to speak, we should also give them a fair amount of time to develop the maturity and character that we hope to see in them when they grow up.