Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. - Ephesians 6:4
No matter how hard we try, there’s just no such thing as a perfect parent. It’s a difficult job with lots of important aspects. One of the essentials is to provide our children with emotional security. And with parenting being so fast and furious—a non-stop event—we often forget how our words and actions can have lasting effects.
Maybe there’s no standard-issue handbook, no clear-cut formula to follow, but we do have God’s Word to guide us in how to encourage our kids in becoming who God created them to be. His Word gives us instruction as to how to parent without provoking our children to discouragement, resentfulness, and anger.
With the above Scripture in mind, let’s take a look at 10 possible ways we could be exasperating our children without realizing it.