Today's world does not respect motherhood. In days gone by a mother's role and position were given high esteem, but today motherhood is passed off as just another duty of the modern, many faceted woman. In our culture if a woman wants to feel like she has
accomplished something with her life, she needs to look outside the family. What a shame.

The ideology of today's culture can never truly compete with godly motherhood in the acquiring of power. Ultimately, power is the ability to influence the decisions and actions of other people. Few will be willing to follow a leader committed to selfishness, yet we are willingly guided by a person who genuinely love us. So you see, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world for one simple reason: sacrificial love is inherently more trustworthy than selfishness.

Many times mothers spend the first six years of their child's life nurturing them. They take special pains to mold their child's ideals and values. They read them Bible stories, spend time teaching them right from wrong, take them to Vacation Bible School, and make sure
they attend Sunday School. Then, when the child is old enough to attend school, they all too often feel that their "job" is complete and they move their focus elsewhere.

I find this especially true of parents of teenagers. During the teen years parents generally ease up in their parenting role. Many moms take on full-time jobs or return to college full-time feeling that their kids are old enough to take care of themselves. Sad mistake. It's at
this point, when our children enter the world of outer influence that they need our time and attention most! The pressure to disembark on a wayward journey from the straight and narrow is enormous. We need to be careful at this time not to lose our influence over our children. 2 John 8 tells us "Watch out, so that you do not lose the prize for which we have been working so hard. Be diligent so that you will receive your full reward."

Remember, moms, you have great influence. God gave you a calling. You need to follow through and finish out your stint in motherhood strongly.

Excerpted from The Hand that Rocks, Rules! by Patricia Chadwick, P.C. Publications, 2003. You can purchase The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Rules! in ebook format for the special presale price of only $2.95. To get this special price use our special order form here.


Patricia Chadwick is a freelance writer and has been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. She is currently a columnist in several online publications as well as editor of two newsletters. Parents & Teens is a twice-monthly newsletter geared to help parents connect with their teens. Subscribe by clicking here. History's Women is weekly online magazine highlighting the extraordinary achievements of women. Subscribe by clicking here