Mark Tonra's "James" in the comic strip asked his mother, "How'd you learn to be a Mom?" She replied, "I didn't." Not satisfied, James said, "Seriously." His mother said, "Seriously, I'm just winging it." James walked away saying, "Not what you want to hear."

The fact is that there are no perfect parents. While dedicated parents don't really "wing it", they do make mistakes and sometimes fail. All the parenting books and seminars in the world won't change that.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.