A child who is allowed to disrespect their parents will never learn to respect anyone.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother — which is the first commandment with a promise — so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”– Ephesians 6:1-3
Many children are out of control today. I see them yelling at their parents in the grocery stores, having temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want, or worse yet, even physically hitting their mothers and fathers.
This should never be!
Families simply can’t function without respect. Children should be taught respect and honor for their parents from a very young age. They need to respect that their mother and father are their authority in the home. If they rebell against that authority they must be disciplined. If punishment is administered properly – firmly but lovingly, they will eventually learn to respect and obey every form of authority in life when they grow up. They should also be taught to love God and respect His moral laws.
Here are some other parental tips that you should consider:
1. Husbands respect your wives; wives respect your husbands.
When children witness a dad and mom treating each other with love and respect – despite their differences – they will learn best by your good example.
2. Be consistent.
Children need to see consistency in your behavior. Inconsistency on the part of parents leaves kids with an unreliable and unsteady compass to follow.
3. Follow through.
When you need to discipline your children for misbehaving, don’t back-off from your punishment. If you say “No TV for a week, follow through the entire week. Don’t change your mind by mid-week and release them before the punishment is completed. It will teach them to think twice before disobeying you again.
4. Always temper your discipline with love.
Explain to your children why you are punishing them – because you love them and for their own good. Children will accept the consequences of their disobedience more easily more easily than those who are treated with harshness and anger.
5. Be a family.
Cultivate a happy family life. Have meals together, go on special trips and events. Do game nights, go on vacation. Listen to your children’s needs and respond with care.
6. Are you being too mean?
Finally, remember you will not always win a popularity contest with your kids at first. That’s okay. Your primary mission is to love them and protect them from themselves. Do what is best for them – even when they disagree with you or claim you are being “too mean.”
– Luis Joseph Castle
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