Children and Announcements

Posted on March 22, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Parenting, Toddlers, Worldview

“Mommy, I want juice.”

 

“Not right now, dear. Mommy is busy.”

 

“But mommy, I am soooooo thirsty.”

 

“I said, not right now. I have to take care of your little brother.”

 

“But I want juice. Please, please, please.”

 

“Oh, alright. But promise me you won’t ask for anything else for awhile, Okay?”

 

“Yes, mommy. Thank you!”

 

“Okay, here is your juice.”

 

“But mommy, it is not in my special juice cup…”

 

This is an exaggerated example of a Mom who has taught her child to make announcements to get what she wants. Already, this four-year-old has learned how to control her world. Young children need to be taught that this is God’s world and that they are not in charge. Making announcements like the one above will lead to an unhappy life of attempting to control others to meet personal perceived needs.

 

Here is another conversation that shows the difference between making an announcement and a respect for God’s authority. These “small” moments actually are the building blocks of teaching your children to honor God’s authority. This example shows the fruit of much discipline, training, and prayer. It is attainable by God’s grace.

 

“Mommy, I want juice.”

 

“Heather, I want you to come away from the fridge and sit down in this chair. I will talk with you as soon as I am finished with your brother.”

 

“Yes, mommy. Please forgive me for being demanding about my juice.”

 

“I forgive you, sweetheart. I’ll be with you in just a minute. Thank you for responding so quickly.” 

 

Something to think about.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.