Reboot. Or maybe boot camp. Something of a control-alt-delete sequence is how this parenting class has felt for me. My husband and his friend have been leading a parenting class at our church. As couples, we led a similar class about 5 years ago and it's not that I'd forgotten everything or that any of the material has been actually new. But it has been a good reminder-- Of what our deepest goals are for our children.
We pray for true heart change and not just outward external obedience. We want them to know and love the Lord and live for Him. We desire close relationships and connection with each on of them. And we need God's Word to permeate every aspect of our interaction with them.
I've been thinking about how easy it is, in the heat of the moment, when I'm digging half-melted-Disney-princess-plastic-dolls-shoes out of the heater vent for the second time... To forget that my words, my response, needs to flow from God's words of grace and it also needs to be rooted in His call to obedience.
His "children obey your parents in the Lord...that it may go well with you" (Eph. 6:1-3) is the foundation for my response, not irritation at the inconvenience.
So, I've been thinking about ways to get back to the basics of letting the Bible be the foundation for the discipline and training of our children.
Here are some ways you can start using God's Word to correct in your family.
1. We need to go back and teach or re-teach biblical foundations.
The everyday talk of biblical concepts comes fairly naturally to both my husband and me, but especially with our youngest, we need to go back to some of the basics of parent/child relationships.