Honor your kids
Here is another great post with some terrific tips from Epicparent.tv. Good stuff.
I believe that parents are called to honor their children!
Whatchu talkin about Willis!!?!
Yep!! Let me say it one more time, this time a little slower…
Yeah, Gods Word is full of the “obey your parents” command. But as you look through scripture, you will also see how important and valuable kids are to Jesus.
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 13-15
Look at this verse in Ephesians as well…
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
To “provoke . . . to anger” suggests a repeated, ongoing pattern of treatment that gradually builds up a deep–seated anger and resentment that boils over in outward hostility.
It doesn’t specifically use the word honor, but I believe these verses, as well as others point the finger at parents and say…you better honor your kiddos.
Instead…so many parents unknowingly (and sometimes) intentionally “dis-honor” their kids. Is that you?
Here are 7 signs you dis-honor your kids…
YOUR A WELL MEANING OVER PROTECTOR: Are you one of those smotherer parents? Do you overly restrict where they can go and what they can do? Do you rarely trust them to do things on their own? Do you continually question their judgment?
YOU SHOW FAVORITISM: For parents to compare their children with each other, this can be devastating to the child who is less talented or favored. He will tend to become discouraged, resentful, withdrawn, and bitter. Favoritism by parents generally leads to favoritism among the children themselves, who pick up the practice from their parents. They will favor one brother or sister over the others and will often favor one parent over the other.
YOU PUSH ACHIEVEMENT BEYOND REASONABLE BOUNDS: A child can be so pressured to achieve that he is virtually destroyed. He quickly learns that nothing he does is sufficient to please his parents. No sooner does he accomplish one goal than he is challenged to accomplish something better.
YOUR ARE A DISCOURAGER: A child who is never complimented or encouraged by his parents is destined for trouble.
YOU MAKE YOUR KIDS FEEL UNWANTED: Children who are made to feel that they are an intrusion, that they are always in the way and interfere with the plans and happiness of the parents, cannot help becoming resentful.
YOU FORCE YOUR KIDS TO GROW UP FAST: Chiding your kiddos for always acting childish, does not contribute to their maturity but rather helps confirm them in their childishness.
YOU USE LOVE AS A TOOL: Do you grant love when your child is good and do you withdraw it when he is bad? Often the practice is unconscious, but a child can sense if a parent cares for him less when is he disobedient than when he behaves.