HTH: By Mollycoddling Our Children, We’re Fueling Mental Illness in Teenagers
What parent DOESN’T worry about their child? This recent article from The Guardian dives into the latest research suggesting that the attempts parents make to ease our worried minds by protecting our children can actually increase the child’s own anxiety, having detrimental and lasting impacts on them directly. Backfire!
The root Greek of the word worry is translated “to divide.” When we worry, our minds are divided between what we have today and what we fear we’ll lose tomorrow – what circumstances we face today and what we fear we’ll face tomorrow – what tasks demand attention today and what we dread tomorrow. Scripture clearly brings it into focus in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Anxiety is focusing our concern for our children, on the WRONG DAY – tomorrow, rather than today. As this article suggests, perhaps its time as parents for us to let our children face obstacles, which in turn demonstrates God’s grace for them TODAY, and the promises for tomorrow.
Hope this helps!