It was a bad feeling. He just kept staring at me with a look that said, "I can't believe you just raised your voice like that against your daughter. I'm embarrassed and ashamed of you. Now what are you going to do? You closed your daughter's heart." It took me a long time to move away from the mirror that morning but, by God's grace, relationship with my daughter was restored, despite my sin.
We parents make many mistakes. But, what's done is done. We've sinned and now we are haunted with a powerful sense that we've diminished our relationship to such a degree that our kids have no interest in what we have to say.
So what do we do if we've blown it, Big Time?
How Do You Restore Relationship With Your Children?
1) Unleash the power of humility.
It's always easy to pass over the sin and move on (especially with young kids) but don't let this happen. Whatever you plant grows and there will be a harvest. We must humble ourselves before our kids. Humility is a choice and it precedes true, sincere repentance. Pride keeps us from restoring fellowship. The Bible says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5. We need His grace to win back our child's heart.
[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]