Psalms 68:6- God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land].
Why does God set those who are alone in families? Rather than ask the question, “How do children benefit from family?”, I’m simply going to tell you what children should get; I am especially passionate about this as I have worked with troubled and abused children for over 5 years now.
As we continue looking at the concept of family, can we consider that the weakness of one limb (mother, father, children) might be directly related to a sickness in the body(the family)?
A broken home and a shattered concept of family only bodes poorly for children. A strong home will provide:
Strength of identity and belief- a child should always know they are a part of something bigger than themselves
Caring, married parents, with equal but distinct influences
Order and discipline- a child should always know what to expect
Respect and approval- a child should always be afforded a sense of personhood
Examples of the Heavenly Father as experienced through their parents.
Children grow up too fast these days, most often not by choice. Allowing children to experience childhood is a great gift.
I haven’t drawn any lines related to age- from birth to adulthood, all of us are someone’s child, and we can all continue to reap the benefits of being sons and daughters throughout our lives.
How have you experienced the benefits of family as a son or daughter?
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