The Rules Change Again

Sometimes you can’t win for losing. According to Fox News, “Pushing babies in forward-facing strollers may harm them emotionally due to the lack of face-to-face contact with the parent pushing them, a British study finds.” Apparently, you’re more apt to talk and interact with your child when they are facing you. When your child is facing forward, there is limited interaction between parent and child.

I have to tell you, I laughed when I read this report. Their point is well taken regarding adult and child interaction. Hopefully, parents engage their children at times other than when they’re just in the stroller. The findings do make sense but, doesn’t it just figure. You do your best to raise your child according to the advice of experts. Then they go and change the rules on you mid season. It seems that the child rearing policies are constantly in a state of flux. New products and strategies are often promoted competing with the former. Child rearing books still make some of the best seller lists year after year touting new and improved methods. Why can’t we have just one set of rules? Wouldn’t that make the complicated project of parenting a little easier?

While opinions, advice, and strategies may change, there is something that doesn’t change and that is God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is one constant in life and that is Christ. Even when all the rules seem to be capsizing with age, Jesus doesn’t change. He’s our constancy, our rock, and foundation. When everything else seems to be going haywire, remember that God doesn’t change. He’s the real thing, creator, sustainer, and truth.