I know I am.
- To give our children a culture of honor - a culture of freedom
- To prepare our children how to handle the freedom they have
- To prepare our children how to many themselves and their choices
- To introduce something different then what we were given.
So much of parenting for us has been about control. We're the big yellow bulldozer and we'll squash our kids like they're the little red truck if they get out of line. OK, so that's not literal, but boy does it make me angry when my kids are disobedient.
THE BIG LIE....
The idea that you can control other people - is the root of all evil in relationships!
WOW! How true!
God doesn't control us. He gave us free will. Why did he put the tree of knowledge of good and evil right smack in the middle of the garden. He wanted us to have a choice. What do our children do many times when they think they won't get caught? If the fear of punishment is removed than what's left? Nothing is left to stop them, UNLESS you've given them a heart to heart connection and their goal is protect our heart.
Here's an example: When the law dictates compliance there must be a punisher to protect those laws. So, take speeding for example. If there's no punisher (police car) within sight and you're on an open highway, many people will speed. If the cop is there, you won't speed. Jesus left us the helper, comforter, counselor, the one who reminds us - not the Punisher or the Controller. Right? So, what if I parent like God does and instead teach them how to manage their life?
Psalm 32:8- 9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will guide you with My eye.
I will guide them by allowing them to see my heart and my core values. I will connect with them heart to heart and protect my relationship with them.
God gives us unconditional love and grace no matter what. Jesus came to cover our sins. What God wants is our love. If our heart is with him, we will make more of the right choices. If we study His Word, we will know what it is that is right. I know that personally, I don't want to disappoint the Lord and since He is at the center of my life, I make more right choices now than I did when He wasn't at the center of my life. God doesn't control me, but He has my heart! Similar to that is my relationship with my husband. I don't cheat on him or even think about cheating on him. Not because I'm afraid I'll get caught, but because I love him. Because my heart belongs to him and I would not want to hurt him or disappoint him. There's no fear of punishment there, just love. I can't control my husband and he can't control me. We trust each other because we love each other. What I can control is myself. And personally, I think that's a task that is plenty difficult all by itself.
What's the best thing I can do for my children?
- Have a hear to heart connection with them
- Empower them to make the better choice
- Give them a safe place to fail and make mistakes
- Give them unconditional love
I am now going to make the choice to show my children The Father's Love.
Each week I'll try to share our tidbits with you. This week we're working on changing our surroundings. We're letting our children know that we're making changes. Our first change is bedtime. This isn't typically too bad for us. Our kids are usually pretty good about going to bed, but we're going to try to make it even easier and more so than that, it will be their first new opportunity to make the choice for themselves.
Danny Silk calls it Room Time. I don't want to see you and I don't want to hear you until morning. They can do whatever they want in their room as long as I don't hear them and I don't see them. The choice is theirs to stay awake or go to sleep. The natural consequence is that if they choose to stay awake they'll be tired in the morning. If they get loud or leave their room, we will go in and say, "OK you're not tired. You can now go and clean the bathroom sink (or whatever chore you give them). When you're done with that, we'll see if you're tired." Now yes, there is a consequence for choosing to be loud or to leave their room. But it's done without anger and as a matter of their choice. Then when they're done with the chore, I will say "Ok, would you like another chore or would you like to go back to bed and have room time?" Last night we tried it. All three of the younger ones wanted to sleep in Mackenzie's room. So, we said, ok, but we don't want to see you and we don't want to hear you. We explained about making choices and the consequence. We didn't hear one peep out of any of them! And they all slept in the bed the entire night! How cool! I can't wait for bedtime tonight! I'm now counting the days of love and no yelling. :) Day 1 of absolutely no yelling in our house, just love.
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