Mothers have an incomparable calling.
We are to sacrifice ourselves for other humans every day, making sure they are nourished from the inside out. It sounds simple enough in theory, but in reality it is extremely difficult.
Women have been mothering (and worrying) since Eve. But, I don’t believe God ever intended for children to face the incredible pressures they do today.
Or for mamas to carry the burdens they do for their children.
I recently asked my Facebook friends, “As a mom what concerns you the most about your kids growing up in or culture?”
The reason I asked was because I felt overwhelmed by the things available to or children now.
Technology overload, lack of critical thinking, skills not being taught, manners not being used, the entitled mentality, peer and sexual pressures, easily accessible drugs….my list keeps on going.
I wondered if I was the only one worrying about these things.
As it turns out I am certainly not alone in my thinking.
Here are some of the answers given by mothers just like you and me:
Not having any human contact & losing out on making meaningful friendships & relationships. ~Denise
The incredible pressure children feel to achieve and to do all quickly. The decrease in play and freedom that childhood should offer. ~Linda
Lack of RESPECT for others!! Parents, Elders, and Authority! You may not always agree but you need to respect others. With respect comes respect. ~Jennifer
The easy access to things like porn on the Internet and the materialistic values of our society. ~Tabitha
That our culture is moving more and more towards a self-centered society and also one that is drifting further and further from Christian morals and standards. It seriously and literally depresses me at times bc I look around and feel like there is NO. HOPE. then I have to trust in the Hope Who is inside of us – and instill it strongly and faithfully in my kids. I am scared to death of what my kids will face – I’m shaking my head at what WE are having to deal with – and it will just get worse. ~Traci
Still the same stuff from when I was growing up….mean girls, body image issues. Everything is always the same, it’s just worse now. I cringe at the outfits I see these young teens walking around in, and I worry how upset Ella will be with me when I tell her NO! You will not walk out of this house in something like that. Which will probably lead to her not fitting in, which will in turn lead to her hating me. ~Jenni
Not being responsible for actions. We are trying to teach our girls to be responsible for their responses/work/actions and not to blame others for how they acted/responded and not make excuses. Our society is great at blaming others and making excuses. ~Jennifer
WOW! These moms are in touch with the mounting pressures and lack of expectations our society holds for our children. As parents we must set the boundaries for them. It’s our job to partner with Christ and prepare our kids for the world they are living in.
What are some of the things you worry about for your children?