Sheltered is not always bad…

Heart of the Matter asks us today for our thoughts on the quote: “Clearly there is an appropriate kind of sheltering. When those who are opposed to homeschooling accuse me of sheltering my children, my reply is always, ‘What are you going to accuse me of next, feeding and clothing them?” ~R.C. Sproul Jr

Shelter is defined as “protection: the condition of being protected.”  My children are a gift from God. (Ps. 127:3)  God promises to provide refuge, aka shelter, for His children.  (Prov. 14:26)  Can I do no less for my own children?

We grown-ups need to stop putting adult problems on our children.  There is no reason for a 7 or 8 year old child to need s-x education.  Children that age don’t need to be taught about “Heather’s two mommies” or anything like that.  They need freedom to be a child.

So what if I choose to protect that kind, gentle spirit within my son, instead of throwing him to the wolves that inhabit public school.  That’s my prerogative, nay, that’s my calling from the Lord.  I am the mother, I am called to protect my children.  Love them, nurture them, and keep them safe from harm, both physical and mental.

In the words of Anthony Biddle,  “What’s wrong with that?”

4 comments on “Sheltered is not always bad…

  1. I like what you said – they need freedom to be a child. That is so true. At school, they are not allowed to act like children.

  2. That’s an interesting point, that grown-ups put their adult problems on children. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but I agree children need to be free. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Yes, we adults do put adult problems on our children, and adult ways, and expect them to grow up too fast. I like being able to slow that process down.

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