A juvenile court judge wrote some time ago that he saw a large number of last-born kids getting in trouble. It’s easy to assume that the parents “spoiled” their “baby.” He says he now realizes that older brothers and sisters also have to share some of the blame. He says that the baby sometimes becomes the family mascot who seems cute—even when they’re bad. When Junior feels like he can’t do anything wrong, we can be headed for trouble. Just because the older kids turned out okay, there’s no guarantee the younger ones will follow suit. So, Mom and Dad, we can’t stop training and discipling our kids until the race is done. And the race isn’t over until godly character is evident that honors God and makes us proud.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 6:1-2,, Proverbs 6:20