I remember growing in a time when I respected my parents and did what I was told without question. I knew if I didn’t respect my parents, I got a whipping or had to stand in the corner or had to write sentences. I remember one time having to write one thousand sentences because there was something I didn’t put up in my room. I don’t remember exactly what it was that I forget to put in my room, but the sentence was such: “Everything has a place and everything is to be put in its place. I wasn’t allowed to do anything until the sentences were finished. I remember my fingers hurting and it seemed to take several hours to write them.
The point is that my parents taught me how to respect them and their authority. My dad had been a marine and he believed in respect. I wasn’t able to go outside and play without his permission. I remember once, My sisters and I were down the street playing football with some other kids in the neighborhood; some were boys. My dad walked down the street where we were bringing his belt in hand. Talking about embarrassment and learning to not ever do that again.
Today parents want their children to be their friend but to respect them at the same time. It is not possible for your children to be your friend and respect you because the first time you scold them or punish them, there goes the friendship. Start at an early age and your kids will grow up respecting you. I have two children that have pushed my buttons many times, but I have used some of the same methods that my father used on me.
Right now I have my daughter at the table writing an essay on who she is compared to God. She is fifteen and has everything you can think of, from televisions to a Kindle, clothes, phones, etc… Many times those things have been taken away because I am trying to instill a sense of respect to her. If she can’t respect me, how is she going to respect God or his authority. Parents now is the time to start teaching your children the way they should act, before it is too late. When they are older they will not learn how to respect others if you don’t teach them, therefore dishonoring all authority. Don’t allow them to talk back to you in disrespect. Don’t allow them to tell you no, when you tell them to do something. Most important, take them to church. Respect begins with respecting God and his authority. Don’t neglect them either, listen to them when they are talking to you. Show them love and respect and they will show it back to you. See the following scriptures related to children.
Ephesians 6:1-Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:4-And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Proverbs 23:13,14- Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
1 Timothy 3:4- One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
Isaiah 54:13-And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Psalm 132:12-If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
Psalm 53:2-God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
Exodus 20:12- Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19- Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.