Parenting with gentleness
I have been having a difficult time with one of my children lately. We just seem to be butting heads in every direction. Last Saturday, I was taking a minute to read a few of the blogs in my Google reader. I am really backed up (as I write this I have over 80 unread items). And just like God does, He lead me to a post by Jen. She posted these three verse in reference to parenting...
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26
The heart of the righteous studies how to answer. Proverbs 15:28
If someone is caught in a sin, you who are wise should restore him gently. Galatians 6:1
And the Lord really spoke to me. I cannot always control or change my children's behavior. But I can control my response to them. Emotionally lashing out at them is not effective. Often my response is just a more socially acceptable adult version of their childish behavior.
I am certainly not preaching from a place of perfection here. But my heart's desire is to wisely instruct and direct my children. A change in their behavior may very well begin with a change in my behavior. So I started out by trying to commit these scripture verses to memory and I have asked God to work in me and then use me to direct my kids.