Children are a wonderful blessing. "Children are an heritage of the Lord."
Raising a child isn't easy. In fact, it's among the most challenging and all-consuming responsibilities we have in life. But good parenting is vital-to society and to the Lord.
Both mother and father have a necessary and important role in the lives of their children. Parents' work in the home will be more effective if their first priorities are God, each other, and their children.
A home that is safe, where children can grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, requires faith and the best efforts of the parents working together.
In such a home, children learn to love and serve each other. They learn to keep the commandments of God and to be good citizens. Such homes bless children and their communities.
Husbands and wives should work together as a team, as equals, in bringing families into the world and raising them up in the right path. My wife and I find parenting to be challenging at times, but our faith gives us perspective, as well as the desire to do the hard work that parenting involves. We both see our primary responsibilities in family life as sometimes different, but always equal.
Husband and wife in a marriage are meant to be equal, partners. The husband is the head of the household and is responsible for the temporal welfare of his family. His role is to support his wife. The wife is also to support her husband and to nurture her family both spiritually and emotionally. Husband and wife are meant to work side by side in providing a safe haven from the world for their family. Their roles are different, but equally important and essential to building the family and the community.
The husband and wife play an important role in having a successful home and family. Neither the husband nor the wife is more powerful. Both have equal responsibilities in upbringing children to be God-loving and obedient sons and daughters. Both have the same role in building a happy and peaceful home. Though husbands and wives have different skills and characteristics, each of them contributes to the success of a happy home. Both provide an environment that is conducive to learning, living, and loving. Focusing ourselves to God, to each other and to the children makes our family live physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually abundant.