King Solomon has said, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him” (Psalm 127:3 NLT). When God gives us a gift, that’s something extra special and should be handled with love and care. Why, then, are we quick to take His gift of children and then shut down their healthy brain development and turn them into video veggies?
Host of the popular “God is Grey” Youtube channel and podcast Brenda Davies has been issued a cease and desist from the lawyers of Isaac and Angie Tolpin of Courageous Parenting ministries after Davies mentioned the Tolpins in a video discussion about corporal punishment and Christian parenting.
A dominant narrative today is that fathers are expendable except for, perhaps, genetic and financial contributions. Either life goes on just fine without them, or they can be easily replaced by a “loving parent.” The stories of Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Lee Boyd Malvo, however, suggest that there is a dad-shaped hole in all us that only dads can fill.
One group of parents we should especially keep in mind amid the coronavirus pandemic is the group least likely to constantly remind us of what they are going through, if for no other reason than they’re simply too busy. I’m talking of parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
As the Boy Scouts of American celebrate another year of existence, one can help but wonder how many more years the formative organization has left. According to the Wall Street Journal, since 2008 the Scouts have lost nearly a million members and that number is steadily growing.
People in today's culture increasingly view children if not as burdens, then as consumer products. We pay other women to carry our babies; we pay doctors to create and freeze them; we obsess over the “right or wrong time” to have them. Billie Eilish's young fame seems to be a perfect example of what can happen if parents do this.