Parenting Techniques

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

TEACH THEM TO RESPECT AUTHORITY


"Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. 'Honor your father and mother' is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.” Ephesians 6:1-3 MSG


Teaching your children to respect authority is an important factor in parenting. It is our responsibility to teach our children to honor and respect authority and the leadership of others.  Begin by demonstrating your submission to the authority of God in your life. Also, establish your place as the authority in your children’s lives as early in their development as possible. 


Respecting your authority means your children understand, as you submit to God's authority, they are to respect your leadership and obey your instructions. Their obedience is crucial because it could become a matter of life or death for them. If they are accustomed to ignoring you when you call them or disobeying your directives, they could end up in the hands of the wrong person. Something as simple as disregarding your instructions to stand still or stay close might lead to a devastating situation.  You may feel it is easier or more convenient to let them get away with being disrespectful. If you do not teach your children to respect your authority, you will spend precious time repeating yourself, and it could possibly lead to you experiencing public humiliation and embarrassment. Teaching authority in your home will make your life easier, create opportunities, and open doors for your children in their future academic and professional careers.


QUESTION: Am I teaching my children what is best for their future or what is convenient for me now?


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