Over time, I have grown to see that being a mama's boy isn't really as bad as I thought it would be. There are some real benefits. Like... she will fix him his favorite dinner instead of me having to do it. She will offer to help with the kids. She will hem his pants or basically lovingly do most anything he asks. And, now that I have boys of my own, I hope that they will see the way that Frank loves his mom... and show me the same kind of love and respect that he gives her. I won't mind a bit if they are mama's boys. :)
The Word does give us some very clear direction on this though. Most of us heard it in our own weddings or at the very least in someone else's. Genesis 2:24 says A man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Some of us don't take this to heart and it can cause a real problem in many marriages.
"Leaving" just simply indicates breaking a natural tie. It's not talking about walking away from your parents. Just they their roles change. Now they are there to give advice, but they can not tell you what to do anymore. This can be hard for some on both sides!
"Cleaving" has the notion of catching someone by pursuit and holding on tight for safety.
We don't know more than God. Really. I'm not just saying that. This was His design for our marriages. And even though it may be difficult, we have to put this verse into practice. If we keep oneness on the forefront of our minds over time our marriages will begin to reflect it.
Dare: IF THERE IS A "LEAVING" ISSUE CONFESS IT TO YOUR SPOUSE TODAY AND RESOLVE TO MAKE IT RIGHT. MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE A PRIORITY OVER EVERY OTHER HUMAN RELATIONSHIP.
As I said earlier, this is not something we struggle with concerning our parents. We are so fortunate in this area. But we are still supposed to put our marriage relationship over "every other human relationship". Ladies, this includes our kids. *ouch* As moms I know this can be very hard. I promise you that I live it too. However, your marriage depends on it. I did not practice this when I had my first. But over time, I came to see how damaging this was to my marriage. And, when I got surrounded by some good, Bible-believing friends, they were quick to point that out. If your marriage is not strong, your family won't be either!