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 directly on the child. 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 it is time for us as parents to let our children face obstacles, which in turn demonstrates God’s grace for them TODAY, and His promises for tomorrow.
We at Rooted found this article so important that when Alice Churnock brought it to our attention, we shared it again, even though it was featured in our last Rooted Parent Top Ten. Trusting God can be a powerful witness to our children, and he is so worthy of our trust.
Hope this helps!