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What's a Parent to Do? (6 of 6)
Series: Built to Last - How to Build a Successful Marriage and Family
One of the most rewarding, yet challenging, jobs on the planet is the job of being a parent. Would anyone give me an amen there? (congregation responds) Kids are so wonderful. They're a wonderful source of joy and love and laughter, but they can cause you to pull your hair out. They can be so frustrating. And it's amazing how quickly kids can create chaos.
Perhaps you've seen the movie that came out a few years back. It's called Cheaper by the Dozen, where Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt played parents of a dozen kids. And in Cheaper by the Dozen, mealtime was crazy time. Watch the screens.
''There you go. Look alive. You're eating that doughnut. Lorraine, pass the sandwich. (croaking) No, Mark! (croaking/crashing/yelling) Get him! (croaking) Get him, Charlie. He's headed for the waffles! Come on, boy. Come to daddy. Come on! (croaking/crashing/yelling) Mark, Matt. I got the door covered. I got the net. Ahhhhhhhhh. (croaking) Ahhhhhhh. (croaking/yelling). Oh-oh. (croaking). Put beans in his cage now! (crashing/croaking) Is everything broken?''
You know that's just as movie because that frog kid lived. What's a parent to do? When our kids were real little, we had three under the age of five. I came home a couple of times after work and Debbie met me at the door and she was so exasperated. And she said these words: ''They're alive. I've done my job!'' Kids can be like that. They're just a wonderful source of love, and yet a source of frustration.
Well, we've been in a series the last several weeks talking about marriage and family in a series called ''Built to Last.'' And today, we want to finish out this series talking about the home, specifically about parenting.
James Dobson wrote a book, Parenting Isn't For Cowards. And that's so true. Hey, parenting is tough. Parenting takes love. Parenting t ...
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