Proverbs 23:24: “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Ask any parent: It makes them happy when their children are doing well while it grieves them to no end when they are in trouble.

It takes the combined effort of a father and mother to properly bring up children, just as much as it takes the collaboration of a man and a woman to bring new life into this world. For this reason single parents are smart when they consciously include relatives and friends into their family life so their children have the opportunity to bond with both female and male role models. It takes a village to bring up a child.

Home is the training ground where parents help their children mature into responsible adults. The responsibility of raising children is great. We need to be humble enough to recognize that we cannot do this on our own. I believe isolation in today’s Western societies is the main culprit for family problems in general. Healthy family relationships have neighbors and friends.

Before anything was created, the Trinity was the first community – Father, Son and Holy Ghost are interconnected, and one is not without the other. Being connected with the Trinity is the most important relationship we entertain as individuals and as a family. Knowing God pays off in dividends of wisdom and righteousness. Wise and righteous children don’t grow on trees overnight. Our communion with God blesses our friendships, our family relationships and most of all our children.