I was the baby in my family. I barely even held an infant until I had my own.
So, when I brought my first newborn home from the hospital, I could have used an instruction manual... They give us instruction manuals for a lot less important things, after all. Why not a child?
Without a manual, I muddled along the best I could, like many newbie parents.
It's not that I didn't do what I could to prepare.
I had gone to the hospital and learned how to how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to give birth, and how to wrap the baby in a blanket. I had read the book my sister-in-law gave me about the baby's development and birth.
My parents even moved to town to be near their first grandchild and to help me.
Still, I didn't feel well prepared for the challenges of parenting.
It was quite a few years later that I realized we have an instruction manual after all: it is the Bible. It is an instruction manual on life, in general, but it most certainly has some good advice for parents.
Here are some of the tips the Bible gives us:
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