What’s the perfect family?
Two parents and two-point-six children? Do grandparents count?
And what if only one parent wants to participate or if there’s only one child?
Can that be a successful family also?
Let’s talk about a single mother from Texas raising her only child, now a teen.
In April of 2020, her landlord stopped by to find her front yard shaggy and overgrown. The back yard was slightly better, if scraggly around the edges.
The conversation played out like this:
“This yard needs trimmed. How about it?”
“You know boys. I ask him, but he doesn’t want to use the lawnmower.”
“Then you need to step up and get it done.”
Let’s talk about the real problem. It wasn’t money. The mother worked a good job. It wasn’t grandparents. They lived only a few miles away. It wasn’t ability. The teen was into the sports scene.
The issue was oversight. From a baby, Mom had excused her son and failed to insist he follow the rules. He would settle down one day, she insisted to anyone who asked.
Now he felt he could ignore his mother’s instructions.
Proverbs 29:17 says:
“Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.”
Your no is no, your yes is yes, and you follow through every time.
Kids do what they learn. Be considerate but be consistent.
It’s not too late to start today.
When children learn to respect their parents, they will learn to respect God, also.
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