If your child was asked this question, how do you think they’d respond?
Do you think that your mom and dad will stay together forever, no matter what?
In today’s culture, many kids are being raised without the confidence of knowing that mom and dad are in it for the long haul. In fact, many of them can only hope from day to day that their parents’ relationship will stay solid.
God’s plan for children is that their family be a place where they find their greatest security. And what every child wants, needs, and deserves is a family, and specifically parents, that stay together through thick and thin.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Separation and divorce happen, even in Christian homes. And if it’s happened in yours, don’t allow the past to keep you from being all that God intends for you to be as a parent now. And if you’re remarried, it’s just as important now that you strive to make the marriage you’re in successful for the long haul.
In our family growing up, there were some definite rough patches when mom and dad could have thrown in the towel, but I’m thankful that they never did, no matter how hard things got. I can honestly look back and say, that in my mind as a child, even when I knew things were bad, I never even considered the possibility that one of my parents would quit on each other.
Of all the things in life that are uncertain for a child, family should never be one of them.
Parents are the cornerstone of the home. Home is to be the safe place for every child – the one place in life that they know they can count on to be solid no matter what. Every child in the world deserves the right to know that mom and dad are together forever.
When kids have the reassurance that mom and dad are together forever, it provides these things:
1. Stability in the Home
Very simply, a child who is raised with stability in the home has an easier time growing up with stability in their life.
According to statistics from Child Trends – The number and type of parents in the household, as well as the relationship between the parents, are consistently linked to a child’s well-being. Among young children, those living with no biological parents, or in single parent households are less likely than children with two biological parents to exhibit behavioral self-control, and more likely to be exposed to high levels of aggravated parenting, than are children living with two biological parents. Children living with two married adults (biological or adoptive parents) have, in general, better health… and fewer emotional or behavioral problems than children living in other types of families.