Why do we need to teach our children to obey? The first reason for me to do so as a Christian is that God’s word tells me to:
Ephesians 6:1-3 Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honour your Father and your Mother, this is the first commandment with a promise.
Also, I believe that children who are taught to obey their parents are more likely to obey God as well. If a child cannot submit to the authority of their parent, how will they learn to submit to God’s authority in their lives as they grow?
If you are noticing many occasions during the day where you are having problems with a child who is reluctant to obey, whinges and whines while they obey or flat-out tantrums when they don’t get their own way, you may have a child who is becoming “wise in their own eyes.”
A child who is given too many choice begins to imagine that they are in charge and will question your authority in unpleasant ways during the day.
Have a think back over one of your typical days. Keep a look out for every single choice you are allowing your child. Who chose:
- when to get up?
- what to do when they did get up?
- which clothes and shoes?
- which cup and plate?
- what food for breakfast?
- what activity after breakfast?
- which book for story time?
- where to sit for story time?
- when to go outside?
- what to do outside?
- when to come inside?
- what to watch on TV?
- which toys to have in the bath?
- where to sit for dinner……
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