8 Ways to Persevere in the Parenting Marathon

Chap Bettis | November 21, 2016


Earlier this month, more than 50,000 people ran in the New York City Marathon

Last year my daughter participated in this famous race, and she introduced our family to marathon culture. Sharon and I went to cheer her on. Having never attended or run in a marathon, I was surprised at all that I saw. As our daughter ran, I thought about the life lessons represented. One related to parenting.

Parenting is like a marathon. Before the race you are fresh and rested. You start with excitement. But this is not a sprint.

There are painful moments. There are times you hit a wall and think you can’t keep going.

But one day, it’s over. Infants are grown. Bedrooms are empty. The house is quiet.

So how do we run the parenting marathon well and finish strong? Here are eight ways.

1. The race requires endurance.

The New York City Marathon is 26.2 miles through all five boroughs. It is long, varied, and painful. There are hills, bridges, streets, and parks. First-time runners know in theory that it can be painful. But when you actually experience the length and the exhaustion, you wonder if you will finish.

Similarly, seeking to faithfully disciple our children as Christian…


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