Both my wife and I were very easy-going and compliant children (at least according to our parents). So, naturally, we assumed that our children would be the same. But God had other plans. I love my daughter dearly but she is a stubborn little girl. When we give her instruction, we can practically see the wheels moving in her head as she decides whether or not she is going to obey. I remember, during those really difficult first few months, turning to my wife and genuinely asking “why would anyone have more than one of these?”
If it wasn’t for people like my brother (father of five) and other’s who had walked the same path, I’m not sure how I would have made it through that time. As a young father it is so important for me to have more mature fathers giving me encouragement and direction. It makes me a better father and a better man. As the cliché goes, “There are no lone ranger Christians”. This is especially true in parenting. We need mentors, even if for no other reason than to tell us “it will get better, it won’t always be like this”.
As you think about it, who are those people in your life? Praise God for them. If you can’t think of anyone like that, we would urge you to seek out more mature parents to take you under their wing and care for you. We promise you won’t regret it.