Years ago Harold came to me about the way I was interacting with one of our little ones. He said, “Grace, it seems to me like you spend all day telling her, “No! . . . No! . . . No!” and like all the interaction she gets is negative. I don’t think that is good. We have to find a way to fix that.” He’s lucky I didn’t throw something at him! I have before, but this time I chose to fume silently on the inside and control my outward response. I thought, “Oh, yeah, bub?! Well why don’t you stay home from work and deal with her behaviors all day!” It took awhile for my sensitive and prideful spirit to calm down and hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “He’s right, beloved. You need to listen to him.” Continue reading “Restoring Our Relationship With Our Children”
Raise your hand if you ever act like a jerk. Did you see my hand shoot up fast and high? Okay, maybe that language is a little too harsh for you. It seems mild for me, but your flesh may not rise up to such ugly heights as mine. Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a mistake as a parent. Ah, there we go. Now everyone’s hands are up.
We don’t have to be relationship experts to know that because we are not perfect, any relationship we have will result in some sort of offense caused by us at some point. If the offense is not handled properly, it will cause a rift in that relationship. That means that as parents we need to know how to restore the relationship with our children when we’ve messed up. Continue reading “The Importance of Humility in Parenting”