As Christians we know that Biblical truth is often at odds with the ways of culture; however, you might be surprised at how many unbiblical expectations we accept as truth. It even corrupts our expectations in parenting at times. Let’s take two examples:
When kids are two years old it’s called…
”The terrible twos!”
We are warned when they are young…
”Good luck with the teenage years!”
Just these two bad expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies that weaken our parenting. If we believe these are conditions that happen to all kids, we then don’t believe we have the influence to correct our kid’s behavior. Essentially, we are justifying bad behavior on the bias that the culture has impressed upon about what to expect.
Here’s an example of this: If we believe all kids are disrespectful to their parents in the teenage years, we accept the rolling of the eyes as a human condition because they are teenagers and that no amount of good parenting can influence otherwise.
What kind of hope does that give parents if no matter what they do, once children become teenagers they will be disrespectful?
It doesn’t have to be this way and you can parent in ways that cause your kids to respect you from a young age into the teenage years and beyond.
Don’t adopt other people’s poor expectations even if a majority of the world proves them to be true.
It will corrupt your parenting from the beginning.
You have massive influence, God made you your child’s parent and you have the ultimate manual to do it: The Bible.
Here’s the good news though, Isaac and I just had a conversation on episode 04 of the Courageous Parenting Podcast where we give you the biblical truth and practical examples of “How to Raise Kids Who Respect Their Parents.”
When you visit our site, where we host the podcasts, each episode has a brief outline of the main points we cover and the five main Scripture we talked about in the podcast as well.
You can also find it wherever you listen to podcasts under Courageous Parenting, just search for us.
I encourage you to listen to this but also share it with your husband as we are getting a lot of feedback that others are loving this one.
To find out about the Courageous Parenting Mentor Program go here!