Welcome to Season 5, Episode 5 of the Selma on Leadership podcast. In this episode my co-host Kristen McCall and I discuss how easy it is to let our children become idols in our lives. Also, we explore the dangers of this all-too-easy cultural norm.
Some highlights from the our discussion include:
- Signs that we’ve crossed the line from responsible parent into idolatry with our kids.
- The danger of putting the responsibility of your happiness onto your children.
- The negative consequences your children experience later in life if you make them into idols.
- Examples of how to love your kids with open hands instead of a controlling grip.
- “In a child-centered culture where children are important to us, it is easy to shift into children becoming the center of our life. It’s not good for the children or for the adult, either one. The truth is we need to have a mindset from day one that our children are on loan to us. We’ll always be parents, but the active parenting is a temporary role. So, for the health of the children, it is not good for your children to be placed on a pedestal that they’re the center of your life.”
- “It is easy in our culture to make children our idols. As parents we really have to combat against it. Be very intentional in your perspective not to make that happen. Knowing that from the beginning that there is a day that you’re going to let your child go helps you keep proper perspective.”
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- 12 Signs You May Be Making Idols Out of Your Children
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- Connect with Kristen Steele McCall on her blog, KristenMcCall.com, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
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