Do You Need More RESPECT?
by Hannah Keeley
Do you need more R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
Parents who stagger doubt everything they do. They do not feel as if they have the authority to parent their children and subsequently, hobble, limp, and stagger along on their journey. They often are caught begging their children to do something. “Can you pleeeeeeez go pick up your toys?” They are often afraid on confrontation so they do everything they can to avoid it. At the root of all this behavior is LACK OF RESPECT. These parents do NOT respect their role as a parent, they do not see it as a professional career. They let doubt rule their thought and behaviors, instead of authority.
On the other hand, parents who stomp rule by force. They are the ones yelling and fuming and saying, “You better get this done, or else!” This is equally an ineffective because they are using fear to mold their children, which never yields good results. Surprisingly, at the root of this type of parenting is also a LACK OF RESPECT! They do not respect themselves and believe that authority can only be displayed through brute force.
Children have a sixth sense. They don’t hear your words, they feel your energy. If you don’t respect yourself, they won’t respect you either. Gird yourselves up in the authority that has been given to you through Jesus Christ and quit staggering and stomping your way into your children’s hearts. That will never work. Respect does; and it begins with you!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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