As a (former) scientist, I like to think about problems and opportunities in terms of proven formulas. I want to know that if I do A and B and C, then Z will always happen.
But you know that life doesn't go like that. Life is complicated, and there are very few entitlements.
You're not any different as a parent. You'd like some guarantees for your children -- health, happiness, success, and (most of all) salvation.
Unfortunately we are not entitled to any of these. Check out my guest post on Family Matters, to read more on Not Automatic. And please share your questions and thoughts!