THE PACKAGE ARRIVED SAFELY, the reminder “Fragile: Handle with Care” affixed to the front. Oh, it had a few scuff marks and a bent corner or two, but by and large, nothing was damaged. Inside was a photo of my family, just a picture of six people with the same last name, four of whom were delivered by God into our home between 1961 and 1970. Those four deliveries should have had the same reminder: “Fragile: Handle with Care.”
If you’re a parent today, then perhaps all you need is a little encouragement to “handle with care” those little people who may seem to be anything but fragile. I think if we would let them talk, here’s what they would say:
My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make my bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball.
My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely. Don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
Housework will always be there. I’m only little for a short time—please spend more time explaining things to me about this wonderful world, and less time doing endless chores.
My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs. Don’t nag me all day long . . . treat me as you would like to be treated.
Please don’t do things over for me. That makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t compare me with my brother or my sister. I’m me, not them.
Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is still very special to both of you.
Here’s God’s perspective on those little ones who bear your name:
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
Because children are gifts from the Lord, handling them with care is essential.