By Steve Wiens from his blog The Actual Pastor

I have three boys ages 5 and under. If you are parents of small children, you know that there are moments of spectacular delight, and you can’t believe you get to be around these little people.   But there are also many moments when I have no idea how I’m going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs, and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.

So, Steve says: The next time you see your friends with small children with that foggy and desperate look in their eyes, order them a pizza and send it to their house.  Volunteer to take their kids for a few hours so they can be alone.  Put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes and tell them that they’re doing a good job.  Just don’t freak out if they start weeping uncontrollably.  Most of the time, we feel like we’re botching the whole deal and our kids will turn into horrible criminals who hate us and will never want to be around us when they’re older.

Do you know some parents of young children? Please do something nice or say some affirming words to them this week.

To read the full Steve Wiens post click here: Steve Wiens post: To the parents of small children.

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.