This week my little girl – and youngest child – becomes an adult. It is a strange feeling to suddenly become the mother of only adult children – an odd transition that no one says much about, but is one of many monumental and emotional passages that comprise the “empty nest” era.
As Kristin turns 18 and prepares to leave our home for college, I am overwhelmed with gratitude – so deeply thankful - that God picked me to be her mommy.
She has always been a delightful child, and I am so proud of the woman she has become. A stellar student, a joyful human being, thoughtful and warm - and at once both out-going and humble - Kristin is a mother’s dream come true.
I marvel that even in the midst of a culture that brainwashes so many girls to flaunt their sexual power, focus on selfish desires, and throw traditional morality and chastity to the wind, Kristin has managed to see through the lies and discover what is highest and best. Please know that although I have spent many hours in prayer over my little girl and have done my very best to teach her to challenge the culture and to tower above the darkness, it is Kristin – not me – who has chosen her life path. I thank God every day that she has chosen well. That she has chosen Him.
The great heartbreak is that our nation’s little girls are in danger, and many of them are ill-equipped to realize it. Dr. James Dobson, author of the new book, “Bringing up Girls”, describes the many disturbing threats and behaviors that mark this generation of young women. Among them: “a rising incidence of eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia”, cutting and self-mutilation, sexual aggression, binge drinking, and a growing trend of middle class girls to strip and even perform sex acts for cash.
Through the years, Dr. Dobson’s advice has helped me raise Kristin. I’ve read and listened to his teachings throughout my parenthood. And I’m so grateful – on behalf of other parents and their little girls too – that Dr. Dobson has now compiled years of research and experience into one practical handbook to ensure that more girls reach their full potential and become women known for their sterling character and goodness. I’m also grateful that he is continuing to share his wonderful wisdom on the air through his new radio show that he co-hosts with his fine son, Ryan, Family Talk. (You can learn more at www.MyFamilyTalk.com)
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