It was one of those conversations that embarrass everyone in earshot. A young mother was desperately trying to explain to a demanding three-year-old why he could not have any of the candy the store had placed at his eye level. As the child became more insistent, the mom became more shrill. Suddenly, perhaps as much in frustration as in humiliation, she abandoned her groceries, grabbed her son, and shot out of the store, a torrent of words spilling from her mouth.
Teaching children, especially young children, to see the importance of obeying Mom and Dad is not an easy task. Presentation is important. Here's what I mean. If you go to a fine restaurant, the food will be presented attractively. It won't be thrown on the plate as you might expect in an army mess hall.
The way we present obedience is equally important. We should never come to our children in a demanding tone with words like these, "Look, I am your dad. I put a roof over your head. I buy every morsel of food you put in your mouth. As long as you live in my house, you will do what I say." While each of those things is true, this presentation misses the beauty and goodness of God's ways.
[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]