No, this is not a blog about how you have to break a few eggs in order to make an omelet. Rather, it is about being willing to allow children to break eggs.
If you are anything like me, that is about where you stop reading because you are picturing sticky egg and bits of shell all over your kitchen. Bear with me though and I think it will make sense.
When children are young it can be hard to allow them to do things on their own. Sometimes it is simply the fact that we as parents can get it done quicker and we are pressed for time. If we are perfectionists as parents we might be reluctant for children to try things, because we want it done the “right way.” Another reason we might hold our children back from trying things is that we don’t want them to get hurt.
A lot of these reasons to do tasks ourselves make sense, especially when you start picturing a 6 year old carrying eggs from the refrigerator to a hot stove to scramble them up! However, in the long run, I believe it is far better to allow my kids to break a few eggs while they are young than to have to play catch-up in the life skill department once they are grown.
If we instill confidence into our children while they are young, they will be far better equipped to handle all the things they will have to deal with as adults. The Bible encourages us to direct our kids onto the right path as we are raising them. This can include everything from how to scramble an egg to pursuing a relationship with God.
It can be daunting to think about, especially when your kids are very young, but it is our privilege and responsibility as parents to guide, direct, and someday, let go of our children. And hopefully, if we have done a good job, when our adult kids do accidentally break a few eggs, they will know how to turn them into delicious scrambled eggs!
“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