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The more I listen to my kids, the more I realize just how weird my husband and I are!
Recently, my 14 year old had three new friends spend the night. She had shared with us that these were good kids so it was good to see her meeting new friends.
I was caught off guard when not one of these parents called me before the sleep over. I didn’t know them; they didn’t know me, yet they felt comfortable allowing their child over night in our home. After they left, I reminded my girl that we just don’t do it that way. She said, “I know Mom!” and that was that.
Several nights later, spur of the moment, she asked if she could spend the night at a girl’s home we had never met. Now I knew some negative things about this girl that maybe my daughter didn’t know that I knew.
Because of our previous conversation, I told my girl “no” to the sleep over giving her the reason that I didn’t know her family.
Was there some protest? Absolutely.
Did my girl get my reasoning? Maybe.
The best part was that I had already communicated my “why” before the situation came up.
Often, we have to make decisions before our “whys” have been communicated. It is better, though, if we are able to discuss with our children in advance the reason behind the rules we make.
If you would like some help communicating wise rules with your child, be sure to check out my “freebies” tab. There you will find several wise rules such as the Family Purity Code and the Revolutionary Love Heart and Body Covenant. I hope these will be helpful to your family!
Communication is everything when it comes to building relationships with our kids. Without it, you have nothing. Rules without relationship builds rebellion.
Today, I am giving away a free copy of my CD “Building a Bridge to Your Child’s Heart” to one person today. To enter, just share with us what is the hardest rule in your family to stick with. I just shared mine!
Be sure to stop back on Wednesday for my Wednesday Wisdom Tip! I’ll share the winner then.