February 1, 2012 by Stacy McDonald

Do You Have the Right?

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What I’ve found among many Christian parents is that they don’t realize they have “the right” to parent their children. They realize they have the responsibility, but they don’t feel free to enforce rules, teach children to work hard, to serve, to be respectful, or to put others first.

I heard a mom once APOLOGIZE to her son for having asked him to take the garbage out. It was as though he was doing her some huge favor.

And though it makes it hard on the parents, it’s the children who ultimately pay the price. They grow up lazy, demanding, arrogant, self-centered, and utterly unequipped for the Christian life.

Christian parents must ignore the message of our permissive, anarchist culture and boldly (and humbly) train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And yes, I used boldly and humbly together on purpose.

I realize I have readers who will quickly point out that some parents are overly harsh with their children. This is true. Children must be loved, nurtured, hugged, kissed, cheered on, encouraged, taught, cherished, and edified. However, at this point, in today’s society, I think our bigger problem is the parent who hates his children—the “hands-off parent” (Proverbs 13:24).

Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29:17

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4 Responses to “Do You Have the Right?”

  1. Narelle says:

    I totally hear you!
    I am again and again sadly amazed at how many parents compliment my husband and I on our children – how hard working, well mannered, caring etc they are… only then to announce “I couldn’t do that” when they are seeking a solution to an issue with their children and ask what we think they could do about it.
    Sad really. Yes we have the right. The God given right and responsibility.

  2. My husband and I taught parenting for several years and this was one of the most difficult things to get young parents to believe. Not only do we have the right, but we have the responsibility to parent our children. Some day we will stand before the Lord and give account for how we parented the children He gave us.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Great points. Though the woodshed is way too extreme to me for bad report cards and “not putting their best effort.”

  4. Debbie says:

    So true. My kids have a good work ethic but people think that we were mean to our kids. These same people don’t want my kids to stop working for them because they actually work.

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