What are my kids thinking? What is going on with my children?

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Often people ask, “What is wrong with my children?”. They do not have a clear idea of what went wrong or when it happened.  Some families have one kid that is a ‘saint’ and the other is a ‘devil’.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason for this fact, but their home has turned upside down due to a child completely rebelling.  Some parents seem to wait until they have no hope before going to God.  This is where I think the issue is.

When I state that a family waits to go to God or seems to have nothing else but God to hang on to, should this be the first step?

I know that in my married life, my spouse and I have done several things on our own to try and alter the behavior in our children that no words or actions would help on our part.  We had to go to God and ask Him to help us; and when we did, we realized that there is no better parent than our Father in heaven.  It sounds crazy, but when you hand your child over to God and ask Him to help you in raising them as you journey through life, you will not believe what will happen.  It may not be the way that we want it to be, but it will move toward a solution from God. He will take the burden away.

The verse prior to Proverbs 22:6 really offers you something to think about:  In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.  Proverbs 22:5 (NIV)

When you look at your life of compromise, such as lying, staying focused on things that do not matter, being self-absorbed, and so on, you can also see these traits in your kids.  You ask yourself, “Why are they doing this?”; however, I sometimes think that we need to ask, “Why did I do such things that my kids are now doing?  When they are older, will they turn from it?”  Wow, what are you doing in front of your kids that you would not want them to do?  It is amazing how our subtle actions will teach our children things we don’t want them to know.  How can you manage this?  Should you go to God right now and ask Him for help?
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