God has given us parents a wonderful gift, our children. They are under our care and it is our responsibility to teach, nurture, and love these children. I believe that God has given each of us the ability to intellectually make determinations on what is best and not best for our kids. For that reason, and for the sake of my kids, I refuse to take people’s word on what is best for my daughters. As the parent, I will make that determination based on my faith, my research, gut feeling, and yes, advice from those that are more seasoned and wiser than me.
However, just because a doctor is a doctor, because the CDC says it is so, or because everyone else does it, doesn’t make it the best fit for my children. That is why I choose to feed my daughters nutritious organic foods; I don’t expose my kids to harmful chemicals that are found in everyday cleaners; I use eco-friendly paints; I prefer natural remedies and use medicines only as a last resort; I encourage my kids to have an active lifestyle; and the list goes on.
At the end of the day, however, I can not control every aspect of my kids lives. I can not control how they will eat when they are at someone else’s house nor can I control what they are exposed to when under somebody else’s supervision. I will also make mistakes as a parent because my intellect will only take me so far. That is why the most basic tenet of my parenting goes back to prayer. Everyday I ask God to protect and watch over my children. It is the only way I can let them go and know that they will be okay.
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