Our children are watching us to see if our private beliefs match up to our public behaviors. Watching to see if we model that Christ-like behavior we expect from them. And they’re also watching to see how we handle the consequences when we mess things up.
As parents, it’s important to be authentic, resisting the urge to model an illusion of perfection. Kids need to see us mess up now and then. Just as importantly, they need to see us handle it in a graceful, godly way. See us own up to our mistakes, not cover them up.
When you mess up, do you admit it? Do you accept responsibility for your actions? Do you apologize to those you’ve offended? Do you ask for forgiveness?
Maybe today God is prompting you to focus more on godly parenting that doesn’t provoke your child to anger or discouragement. Pray that He would help you model His commands of being patient with your growing child and apologizing when you fall short.
See James 5:16
Writer by day, transcriber by night, Renee Davis is a boy mom, PPD survivor, recovering fear-a-holic, and former educator. She lives on Christ and caffeine as she attempts to finally transcend mediocrity and live the life Jesus died for her to have. When not tied to her desktop and swimming in coffee, the native Floridian can be found wherever the water is salty, spending time with her son and husband of 15 years.
She’s a contributor to The Good Men Project, Crosswalk, and, most recently, The Washington Post. You can learn more about Renee’s journey and her passion for helping women find their worth in the Word, not the world, at The [email protected] Scribe.