Children do not accidentally become righteous leaders or emotionally healthy and productive adults–any more than seeds thrown randomly to the wind grow to be part of a thriving garden. Simply throwing little children into a cultural tornado and hoping for the best gives them little chance of living up to their potential or coming out unharmed. Someone needs to take responsibility for their nurture, protection, nourishment, intellectual development, manners, recreation, personal needs, and spiritual development. Someone needs to commit time and energy into staying close to them as they grow, encouraging and correcting and teaching.
Doesn’t it make sense that a wise God, who ordered the rest of creation in an intricate and systematic way, would also have provided such a person to care for children–to commit wholeheartedly to creating the right environment for them to grow and to prepare them to live throughout eternity bearing His image? I am convinced that God designed us as mothers to be that person in the lives of our children. He intended it to be a fully committed job, not something to do on the side.
–Sally Clarkson, The Mission of Motherhood