A Time for Everything

by in Family and Faith

“So try to walk a middle course…”(Ecc 7:18)

There’s no doubt parenting is an extreme act. It may be common, but the intensity it requires is matched by nothing else. Like most people, I’m passionate about my parenting beliefs; and as a writer, I know the importance of clearly staking an opinion. But when I read parenting blog posts, I often have a lurking feeling, a feeling that things are not that extreme. We can all have opinions about sugar, diapers, TV, clothes, baby proofing. In fact, I think we all do. But even in an opinion, there’s always room for exceptions, teaching our children that “there’s a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecc 3:1).

Ecclesiastes has long been one of my favorite books. It’s a dark book about drudgery, but it’s laced with wisdom and whimsy. It’s a book of paradox, of tension. Perhaps the best example of this is the famous chapter 3.

Here is a revamped version of that passage:

The Middle Course in Motherhood.

There’s a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.

There’s a time to eat veggies and a time to indulge in treats.

A time to be strict and a time to be silly.

A time to be protected and a time to push.

A time to correct and a time to be graceful.

A time to console and a time to move on.

A time for being with your children and a time for a break.

A time for play groups and a time for solitude.

A time for outdoors and a time for T.V.

A time for new things and a time for normalcy.

A time for organic, all-natural and cloth and a time for store-bought and easy.

A time to put up a gate and a time to tear down.

A time for a new toy and a time to give some away.

A time for coddling and cuddling and a time for letting go and letting be.

A time for cleaning up and a time for dressing down.

What do kids really need from their parents? I have thought about this in connection with the various kinds of parenting God has given people to do. God has made everything beautiful for its own time.

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