Teaching Our Children to Lament

LeoWhen does a child change from crying baby to cry-baby?

Sometime after the single candle is blown out on that first cake, after walking has been mastered and talking has begun, many parents start thinking of their child differently. I know I did. Over the space of months, as our helpless infant reveals personality and preferences, we start to see those tears differently. No longer a sweet milky bundle to be rocked and soothed, our child became an opinionated sinner whose cry of complaint provokes more parental shushing than sympathizing.

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child” (Prov. 22:15). Grumbling and crocodile tears are as common at my house as I suspect they are at yours. But my children cry lots of real tears, too, and I have not always been good at weeping with those little ones who weep.

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Recommended Resources
Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Proverbs for Parenting : A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs
Psalms – A Family Bible Study Guide
Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm

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