“But I just don’t have the time.”
We're often tricked in this culture that the end all of parenting is raising children to be successful, productive, wage earning adults. Maybe even raising adults who excel at a sport or specific trade. But that’s not the point. An eternal perspective means we raise children to know Christ and to eagerly fulfill his purposes in their lives, not walk out our hopes and plans for them. That might mean we need to ditch some extra curricular activities so we can actually have family time. And when you do this I can promise you, your kids will be okay. Even if they balk at the idea. We have to look at this, and even sell it to them, from a positive point of view. When we trim the schedule we aren’t taking things away, we’re actually adding in better things. And it’s worth it. We are the ones who get to lead the way and fight for our kids. Sometimes fighting for them means making hard calls. It’s a fight worth fighting, and here’s the good news: with God leading the way, it’s a fight we can win.