February 1, 2012 by Stacy McDonald
HT to Trivium Pursuit
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