I came across this statement today from Toughen Up, Encourage or Both?: “As parents, it’s not our job to toughen up our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It is our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” These words sure did made me do a lot of thinking. (And I bet it will do the same thing to you now.)
So, what are we supposed to do as parents? Do we help our children toughen up and be ready to face the heartless world, or do we help them to become individuals who make the world less cruel? I say, we do both. We can do that, right? Raising strong yet gentle kids doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. Kids who are not only able to protect themselves from the harms of the world, but are also able to repel evil with kindness and overcome hatred with love.
On our own, this may be a near-to-impossible feat. But with the help of our ultimate parent, up in heaven, sure we can! I pray to God that raising strong yet gentle kids is not a unattainable feat for parents.