12 Tips from Twelve Stones: Foundations for Biblical Parenting- Tip 7

By: Scott O'Malley

June 4th, 2021


Over 20 years ago, when our oldest was still young, my wife was talking to an older woman. This woman made a profound statement about parenting that has stuck with us ever since: “The days are long but the years are short.” At the time, we were regularly exhausted and could certainly relate to the “long days!” But we knew this woman was speaking from experience and we wanted to pay attention, by God’s grace. This simple phrase challenged us to be focused and intentional every day in the raising of our children. We recognized that while each day with young children is long and demanding, the years will fly by and our kids will be grown before we know it. More than two decades later, we can absolutely affirm “the years are short.”