Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Is Being an Overprotective Parent a Bad Thing?

 “Homeschooling parents are often criticized for being overprotective of their children, an apparently bad thing to do in the world’s way of thinking. That caricature, though, originates in a culture of passive parental neglect that is almost dysfunctionally underprotective of its children. Even though it is a pejorative term in secular parenting lingo, you should not be reluctant to bear it as a badge of honor as a caring and committed Christian parent. God wants you to be an overprotective parent! Your children, by God’s design, need an overprotector, a parent who will stand over them to protect them–to guard their innocence and purity, to prevent spiritual wounds and sinful footholds, and teach discernment and sensitivity to sin. In God’s design for families, overprotecting your children is a good thing.

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Renee said...

I love that picture and I heartily agree with your post, that being overprotective (by the world's standard) is a good thing. We want to be very careful to watch what is going into our sons' minds and hearts at their tender ages! We do not believe, however, that keeping them shielded from the world is good either. Down here in PY our boys see drunks at our door, couples kissing at bus stops, low tops on girls and so on...after all, we live in Latin America! So, while we can't actually blindfold them, we can teach them what God says about these things. And what a neat opportunity that is to share God's Word with them! Love you, my sweet sis!

Homestead Living said...

I wholeheartedly agree. We can't possible keep them in a bubble even if we wanted to... we're surrounded by wickedness, our own hearts are described as such.

One of the reasons I feel so blessed to be able to homeschool is we can walk along with our children at these very formative years and talk all the time about what we see and come into contact with, always being able to point them to God's standard and pray with them for the hearts of others as well as our own.

Love you too,

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

We cannot over protect our children enough. That being said, even the most vigilant of parents cannot keep their child in a bubble. I know because I tried and failed. The world creeps in. What do you do when that happens? You talk, you dialogue about it and you give them God's standard, not your own.

They have to be able to function in the world but not be "of" the world. As I am sending my children to public school for the first time, this is going to be one of my main prayers. They will be exposed to many things that are ungodly. As each situation arises, I will use it as an opportunity to explain and relay what the Bible says about the given subject. Discipling and praying for my children will be my protection.