Sunday, April 30, 2017

Daily Devotion: For Parents Only

Bible Reading: I Samuel 2:22-36

Key Verse: Verse 24- “Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD'S people to transgress."

Key Words: it is no good report that I hear

Here are my ten commandments for spoiling your child. I guarantee complete success if you apply these ten commandments.
  1. Always make excuses for your child’s actions and behavior. Cover for them and never make them accountable for their actions.
  2. Begin with birth always giving the child everything he/she wants.
  3. When he picks up a bad habit and fusses, always laugh and think it is cute.
  4. Never let your child hear you say “That’s wrong.” You may ruin his character.
  5. Let your child make the final decisions with no guidance from you at all.
  6. Clean up after your child. They will always love you for that.
  7. Always quarrel in front of your children. They gain plenty of experience that way.
  8. Spend a lot of time away from home working so your child can learn self-reliance.
  9. Always take the child’s side against authority. They will think you’re great for that.
  10. Always remember that your child should never have it as hard as you did as a child for we know how it ruined you.
If you want your child to be spoiled, follow this advice. If not, be careful, he/she may turn out too good!

What to do:
✞ Praise the Lord, for He is great!

Additional Thoughts:
There are three common mistakes we, as parents, make which cause our children to doubt their self-worth.
  1. Parental Insensitivity As a parent, guard what you say in front of your children. How many times have I had parents come to me regarding their children and give the nitty-gritty details of their child’s problem while the object of the conversation (the child) is standing a yard behind them listening to the candid details of all their faults. Parents, we should not only be sensitive but sensible.
  2. Fatigue and Time Pressure Parents are often pricked to the limits of their endurance by what I call the time pressure. Dad is holding down three jobs, and huffs and puffs to keep up with it all; Mom never has a free minute. She carries the kids to school and then is off to work. She picks the kids up from daycare, prepares the evening meal, washes dishes, does homework, off to ball practice or music lessons, bathes the kids, puts them to bed, and then drops down on the couch, only to remember she has to do it all over again tomorrow.. As the commercial says, “Slow down, America!” What’s your rush, anyway? Do you really call this living? No wonder our children turn to the world to give them “time.” We are so busy that we fail to give them what they long for: US. But often because of pressure, all they get from us are words of anger and sarcasm. So much for their self-worth!
  3. Guilt In case you haven’t noticed, parenthood is a very guilt-producing affair. As previously mentioned above, we are busy and know our children need our time and love, but we must also be providers as well. All of this equals to a feeling of guilt and failure. Sit down, write out and re-evaluate your time and finances, and see if you cannot re-arrange your schedule for at least one hour a day of quality time with your child and along with that, attempt to give them a special day out of each week when the family spends time together. They are worth it, aren’t they?
The following is taken from a group of ten year-olds at Brookside Community School in Brookside, New Jersey. Here is what ten year-olds said about grown-ups.
  1. Grown-ups make promises, then forget them or never carry them out.
  2. Grown-ups make us do what they don’t do, like “clean up your room.”
  3. Grown-ups are not good listeners. They have their minds made up even before they let you talk.
  4. When a grown-up makes a mistake, they won’t admit it.
  5. Grown-ups interrupt children all the time; but if we interrupt them, we are rude.
  6. Grown-ups make threats that they don’t carry out, like “if you do this again, I’ll punish you.”
  7. And last of all, grown-ups tell you how important you are, then do other things rather than spend time with you.
While children should respect authority, authority should also be respectable.

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