Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:20-29
Key Verse: Verses 23 - “All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me."
Key Words: but it was far from me
There is an old saying that goes like this, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” Much of our discipline as parents would not even be needed if parents would simply give out some responsibilities.
Our children need to feel that they are contributing something worthwhile. Responsibility helps to develop maturity. It teaches our children that they are expected to take a job and do it well. So don’t be afraid to place a reasonable amount of responsibility on your son or daughter. It not only fills up idle time, it also keeps them “out of trouble.”
In families where there is a desirable emotional climate, children have jobs to do such as cleaning, washing dishes, baby care, yard work, etc. These children usually are easier to work with and are much more obedient than those children with little or no responsibility.
In giving out a child’s responsibility, avoid undue pressure. Remember our children have our genes and are not perfect. When you weigh a child down with perfection, ill effects show up. Some of these effects are anger, fatigue, nervous habits, and forgetfulness. The strain of “perfection” will also show up in your child’s conduct. It raises behavior problems rather than diminishes them. Remember your child may not do everything just the way you do it, and they may not do it as well as you would do it; but that is not the object. The object is to teach them responsibility and make them feel a part of the family. May God give you wisdom as you train up your child for God’s glory.
What to do:
✞ Remember there are times that it is wise to admit we don’t have wisdom in a particular matter.
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