In today’s culture, many parents need to make sacrifices in order to provide a secure environment for their teen.
Discipline is Key
Well, first let me say that my experience with parent/child relationships has brought me to conclude that many parents fail to properly discipline their children for selfish reasons.
They often fear breaking fellowship with their children. Believe it or not, our children sense this and play it to their carnal advantage.
We need to understand that any break in fellowship with our kids because of discipline, if it happens at all, is only temporary.
As parents, to build a healthy long-term relationship with our children, it may be necessary to be willing to sacrifice a short-term fellowship with them. This will ultimately bring joy and peace to the whole family.
Establish Boundaries that Seem Odd
Many parenting experts hale the virtues of allowing our kids certain liberties in order to acquaint them with life’s temptations.
Their reasoning is that without temptation there’s no chance for them to learn from the natural consequences of their actions.
I’m all for the natural consequences of not getting homework done, being late for class or even buying the wrong car–especially if it’s with Junior’s own hard earned money.
But, today’s easy access to dangerous and immoral activities have made the stakes way too high. We live in a time when our kids need supervision the MOST – yet, they have it the least.
For example: When it comes to dating, there’s no way I can justify my teenage daughter ever being alone in a car unchaperoned with a boy I’ve never met. Understanding the times, the stakes are way too high.
Conversation Starter: Think of some things that you might need to sacrifice in order to provide a secure environment in your home.
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