"Mommy, I want juice."
"Not right now, dear. Mommy is busy."
"But mommy, I am soooooo thirsty."
"I said, not right now. I have to take care of your little brother."
"But I want juice. Please, please, please."
"Oh, alright. But promise me you won't ask for anything else for awhile, Okay?"
"Yes, mommy. Thank you!"
"Okay, here is your juice."
"But mommy, it is not in my special juice cup..."
This is an exaggerated example of a Mom who has taught her child to make announcements to get what she wants. Already, this four-year-old has learned how to control her world. Young children need to be taught that this is God's world and that they are not in charge. Making announcements like the one above will lead to an unhappy life of attempting to control others to meet personal perceived needs.
Here is another conversation that shows the difference between making an announcement and a respect for God's authority. These "small" moments actually are the building blocks of teaching your children to honor God's authority.
[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]