Monday, September 6, 2010
How do I balance trusting that God will protect them, along with me being a "helicopter mom"?
How do I protect them from potential dangers yet let them learn from situations?
How do I protect my kids but not the several other kids who also have to walk home?
Is it my job to protect them or should I just leave it up to God?
Then, this weekend I had a great conversation with another mom friend. She gave me another way of looking at things. She talked about how she was praying for God to protect her kids every day, but then after talking with her pastor, she realized, God is naturally going to protect our kids, because they are His kids first! He is guarding and protecting them every day, so asking Him to protect them, is like asking me if I will love my kids. It is obvious. Pray to Him for other things, like growing their faith, their future spouses, their decisions, etc.
So, one question answered, but what about the rest? I still don't know yet. As for now, I am intervening and having the kids walk through the school yard to the high school and straight to my classroom. There are no streets to cross, no traffic to worry about, and they aren't going home to an empty house. I don't know if it is the right decision or not. Some may call me a "helicpoter mom", but it is the decision I can live with. I don't have to worry and maybe that is how God is protecting them, by Him giving me that idea to have the kids walk to me.
I know this is one of many, many decisions I will have to make as the kids get older. Soon they will be driving, going out with friends, being exposed to poor choices, etc. But, I will handle each one of those knowing that God is protecting them and giving me the ability to make the best choices I can as a parent.