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Message Text

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers,[c] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Ephesians 6:Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Message Notes

Children need consistency in every area of their lives.

Expectations

Prov 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Deut 6:6-9 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Set expectations for children to live up to and encourage them to achieve it.

Expectations should be positive. Never communicate negative expectations. Never lower the expectations because they seem difficult.

Give children the space to handle their own issues.

Trust

As parents, we have to be trustworthy. It is just as important that our kids trust as it is that we trust them.

Respect is earned, trust is given.

Strict parenting without cause or explanation fosters an atmosphere of distrust.

Answer the why as often as you can.

Speak trust not doubt.

21Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.