If I’ve Told You Once, I’ve Told You A Thousand Times …

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As a parent, I recall saying, “This is the last time I’m going to tell you,” over and over again.  Those threats don’t hold much water after a while.  Children soon realize how long a rule will hold true and quickly learn to tug on it and test the limits.  Discipline isn’t always pleasant, but if we’re weak in our parenting, we’re failing.  We’re just another of our child’s friends.

God gives us the honor of being parents.  We owe it to Him to take our job seriously.  Using His steadfast love and constant molding of us should be a good example for us to follow.

Discipline might require some consequences, but we should always remember that God doesn’t want us to exasperate or frustrate our children.  We should use every opportunity to make our discipline a learning experience for them.

Somewhere along the line, parenting evolved into bringing up children who felt good about themselves; who thought that everything  was OK; who were rewarded for coming in last; who were taught that it was all about them. Parents were encouraged to become their child’s buddy rather than a  disciplinarian.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.

There are days when you want to throw up your arms.  When they want to wear plaid pants with a polka dot top or take a live frog to show and tell – or when they do the opposite of what you ask them to do – they may be  swayed by their peers rather than follow your advice.  They will defy you, laugh at you, blow you off and sometimes cause you disappointment.

They are a precious gift from God and it is our responsibility to love them and discipline them just as our heavenly Father does for His sons and daughters.  By doing so, the children of today will become the good parents of tomorrow.

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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