Parenting is a full-time job. It offers no vacation or off-days until the children under their charge are on their own. There may be lulls and breaks along the way, but the intensity of parenting can rival any type of employment for concentration and demand. Parenting can take a mom and dad into the emotional stratosphere or plummet them into the deepest abyss. Exhilaration on one hand and heart-wrenching agony on the other can weave their way into the fabric of home life. At the very best, parents and children are still sinners, affected by the Fall, and imperfect in both giving direction and following. Yet it is in this setting that the Lord has placed us for our further sanctification.