In my undergrad abnormal psychology class we discussed the definition of “normal” regularly throughout the semester.  

The conclusion: “normal” is hard to define.

So let’s stop it.  Let’s stop comparing our kids to their friends.  Let’s stop scrutinizing our parenting based on cultural “norms.”

Besides, I have a hunch that most of us see normal as more idealistic than reality finds it.

Instead, let’s cling to the truth.  Let’s remember that our children are fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving God who knows what He’s doing.  Let’s look at our parenting based on our gracious Heavenly Father’s example.

In 2012, let’s focus on being like our Father, not on being “normal.”