Be A Parent… Not A Friend To Your Child

The home is the foundation of society. Pope John Paul II once said, “As the home goes, so goes society.” Why is the home so important? Because that’s where children learn values that carry them through their lives. The environment a child grows up in… the values they are taught… shape them for life.
In Ephesians 6:1, the apostle Paul said, “Children, obey your parents… Honor your father and mother…” Paul is speaking to the importance of parenting… then he says in verse 4, “…bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”
But, Paul’s suggestion is not being heeded today. Instead, parents seem to be more concerned with being their child’s friend than they do their parent. Ok, I’m going to say some things in this post that may offend. If it does, I’m sorry. But I’m speaking from a burdened heart.
Mom and Dad, you are adults. God expects you to make the rules and provide guidance for your kids. Many Parents today do things because “that’s what the kids wanted to do.” Ok, so if your kid wants to jump in a river full of alligators, are you going to let them? Hopefully not!
Let’s be honest… kids… teenagers… are running many houses.. not the parents. Kids want to play travel baseball. Sure… that’s fine… doesn’t matter that travel baseball will take the kids out of church where they learn Bible lessons and values for life.
Parents, I encourage you… stop trying to be your child’s friend. You are their parent first. Stop thinking your child couldn’t possibly get in trouble at school. Stop getting mad at teachers or administrators for disciplining your child. Every teacher and administrator I know loves kids. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be in public education.
Parents, you have a great responsibility to raise your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The Bible says that if you “raise a child up in the way they should go, when they are old they will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).
Parents, do you love your child? Sure you do.. So, have a Christian home. Find a church and get involved it so your child can learn Christian values. You will not regret it.

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