Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ. Therefore, imitate God like dearly love children. Live your life with love, following the example of Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. He was a sacrificial offering that smelled sweet to God. Ephesians 4: 31 - 5:2
Children are inquisitive and imaginative. They see life with fresh, new eyes; eyes that are different from ours and from our experience. They are oh so innocent, so open, so exciting to watch, and it is our sacred responsibility first and foremost to give them all of the love, tenderness, kindness that we possibly can.
And yet, we must not kid ourselves, raising children is no easy task. They will test us and try our patience.
Children rely on their parents for food, rest, safety, andsecurity. From the very beginning of life, they learn about life and its intricacies, and they rely on their parents to guide them through their journey of discovery. They are also dealing with their independence; they are learning to be themselves by learning what they like and dislike and what appeals to them even when all of these things may be different from their parents. Behold the conflict between parent and child.