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How we can help our children grow spiritually

From the March 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal

So often, as parents, we feel we know what is best for our children to do when they face decisions or challenges in their lives. We want to protect them and shield them from pitfalls. Perhaps because the problems they face seem so much larger than the ones we encountered when we were growing up, we are fearful.

What do we do when we become perturbed? If we struggle to handle the problem through sheer human effort, it often becomes a conflict of wills. But human will cannot solve or heal anything. We learn in Christian Science that every problem has its solution in God, Mind—that divine Mind is truly the only intelligence of man and is harmonious. No matter what disguise erring mortal mind assumes, it is still a false belief—not the creation of the all-knowing Mind. Understanding this, we can let go of the myth that a mortal is a personal creator, that it is up to us to solve all of our children's problems in the belief that because of our experience and past mistakes, we are now ready to guide another mortal.

This isn't to say we can't help or benefit our children by what we've learned in life. But we must recognize God as the parent Mind and as governing His children harmoniously. Having a material outlook, and seeing danger in every direction, do not ensure a right answer. The Bible shows us where to look. It states in Proverbs, "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord." Prov. 16:1

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