Every parent should try archery at least once. It's fun to set the arrow in the bow and let it fly. The first few times you try it, the arrow can do in all kinds of directions, but soon you get the hang of it and it travels to its destination--the bull's eye.
Like parenting, effective shooting involves the position of the arrow, the way you hold the bow, and how you release the arrow. It's all about position, timing, and strength.
In Psalm 127, the Lord tells us that our children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. How confusing that illustration can be if you have never shot an arrow towards a bull's eye.