Proverbs 27:23

What's the atmosphere like in your home these days?

Are you in danger of raising a "hurried child"?

Capture some time this week and take an honest look at the quality of childhood your family lifestyle is providing for your little ones. What will be memorable to your kids when they, as adults, look back on the early years? Will it all seem like a high-pressure blur to long breathless marathon? Have you allowed television to snatch up much of your children's unscheduled minutes...andhours?

Seeking God's wisdom, ask yourselves, "What can we do as mum and dad to encourage our kids to enjoy beingkids?" Are you creating an atmosphere of relaxation and flexibility...or do the wordshurryandrigiditybetter characterise your home?

Any plans for a relaxed family vacationin the works?As you plan, remember that childhood is an infinitely precious commodity. Your children will only grow up once.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way(Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.