Sunday, September 21, 2008

Am I being rude to my children?

It has really been on my heart lately to teach my children how to be loving and pleasant to eachother and all whom they come in contact with. I have also been thinking about how the best way to teach them not to be rude is for me to not be rude to them! I have decided to really evaluate the tone of voice I use with them. Even though I usually do not yell or say wrong things to my children, do they ever hear an aggravated, whiny, or rude tone in my voice? Am I begging, pleading, or saying the words "right now" on a regular basis to them? Am I nagging them? Don't I hate listening to parents nag their children? I don't find that pleasant at all! I have learned that it is fairly easy to control my childrens actions by nagging and correcting them but there will soon come a day that they are too old to correct and no amount of nagging will influence their decisions. It is at this time that what is in their hearts will control their lives. We all know that 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that Love does not behave rudely. If they have a foundation of love in their home and in their hearts then that is what will come out of them! I find that very motivating to try harder to show nothing but love to my children!

2 comments:

Sheilah said...

Great post. Reminds me of the poem "Children Learn What They Live"
http://www.empowermentresources.com/info2/childrenlearn.html

The Rich Family said...

Thank You Sheilah! I also meant to tell you congratulations on your daugher-in-love Becca's pregnancy!
You will be a wonderful Grandmother! So much has changed since our days at FSBC! I really enjoy your blog and Becca's.