Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
I like to go to the mall and just sit and watch people! I think people, their actions and reactions are very interesting. I have always enjoyed observing life and seeing things that most people miss. In fact, I have noticed that my oldest daughter Gracie has picked up the same habit/skill! She often sees things that I miss! (Younger Eyes!)
One of the things that I have noticed in recent days is how a lot of parents are having a hard time saying “no” to their kids! I am a parent, so I know how hard it is to say “no” to our kids, but sometime “no” is the right answer! We need to say “no” and make them believe “no” by explaining the reason why and then sticking with it!
Kid’s need to learn “no” and the earlier the better, because life will throw plenty of “no’s” their way. I’m not suggesting that you say “no” just to say “no”, but I am suggesting that we should be careful about giving in to every whim and wish of our children. If we are not careful we will raise a generation of spoiled brats that do not have the ability to deal with life when it doesn’t work the way they want it to.
Most parents have lived long enough to discover that life does not always work the way you want it to! So train your child in the way they should go, by saying “yes” – when it is appropriate, “wait” – when they need to learn the lesson of earning their way and “no” – when they need to learn to grow!
Train them in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it and they will actually, most likely – thank you for it!