Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. ~ Matthew 7:13
On Friday, I took my four year old daughter to get four shots. It was so sad to watch her sweet, little face distort with pain and tears. I expressed to our pediatrician that I miss seeing him as much. Now, that the children have grown, we just don't make such frequent visits. His response was a reality check.
He said that in the last several years, he has seen older children, ages 10, 11, and 12 coming more frequently because of anxiety, stress, eating disorders, attention disorders, and overall decreased self-esteem. In my hope to avoid whatever is causing this, I questioned him. In his opinion, children are not allowed to be children. There is too much sensory overload with TV, computer, texting, cell phones, Facebook, Youtube, and the list goes on. In addition, we, as a society feel the need to commit our children to every activity available.
Every bit of my job as a 'mom' should be to carefully consider what is best for my children. Walking through the wide gate may look tempting and it may sound great, but is it best for my child and best for our family? The narrow gate is a difficult choice and often inconvenient, but my children, all of our children, are so, so worth it.
Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend with your families!
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