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Happy and obedient children

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It is possible to have happy and obedient children!!.

In the hands of even an inexperienced potter, clay is easy to shape and mistakes can be corrected. With only a little water and a firm hand, the potter molds the clay however he sees fit. Little children are soft clay in the hands of their parents. The water symbolizes friendship, while a firm hand symbolizes leadership. These are the two foundations upon which all parenting rests: leadership and friendship

By leadership, I’m referring to the respect that comes through loving discipline as well as external control based on consequences. You are the law to your child and you establish his or her limits.  A child can learn self-control very early if they realize there are consequences to their actions.  This is an important foundation, especially when children are very young and developing their perception of authority.  Perception of authority determines the attitude your child will have towards authority for the rest of their lives. 

The water simbolizes friendship, while a firm hand simbolizes leadership. These are the two foundations upon which all parenting rests: leadership and friendship. By friendship, I’m referring to the affection you can cultivate in the heart of your child through influence and persuasion. Through your example, you can motivate your kids to obey and exercise self-control because they desire to please you, not for fear of punishment. It is possible to control a child’s behavior when they are very young. However, one day they will be older and heavy handed control will be counterproductive to reaching your ultimate goal of preparing your children to successfully face life on their own as adults. Winning their friendship is a crucial foundation, especially once your kids enter into puberty and adolescence.

A couple of generations ago, the main emphasis of child raising was leadership. The goal was to be the boss without counting the cost, and many times led to child abuse. This can result in temporary external obedience but will end in rebellion of the heart, ultimately separating parent and child. Today, our culture finds itself at the other end of the spectrum, where parents give great freedoms to their children without providing real limits or leadership. This creates a self-centered, unsatisfied child, enslaved to self-gratification.

Both extremes will mark a child for life. The key is to search for the right balance. Be your child’s leader and friend. You can have obedient children if you learn to be their leader! You can have happy children who want to please you, if you learn to be their friend!

While reading these lines, you may be thinking: “I’ve made so many mistakes...Is there hope for my situation?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” We all fail, but the solution is to acknowledge our poor choices and change.

Come and learn with us how to have happy and obedient children- how to win your child’s heart!.