Fathers, do not embitter your children or they will become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21
“What’s wrong with grownups?” This was a question posed by a Sunday school teacher to a class of ten-year-olds. See if you recognize yourself in any of these complaints:
- Grownups make promises, then forget them, or say it wasn’t a promise, just a “maybe.”
- Grownups don’t do the things they tell their children to do—like pick up their things or always tell the truth.
- Grownups don’t listen. They decide ahead of time what they’re going to answer.
- Grownups make mistakes, but won’t admit them. They pretend they weren’t mistakes at all—or that somebody else made them.
- Grownups always talk about what they did and what they knew when they were ten-years-old, but they don’t try to think what it’s like to be ten-years-old right now.
If you’re like me, right now you’re thinking, “Ouch!” Children are perceptive, and they are much more pure in heart than we give them credit for. Take time for them, be honest with them, don’t be afraid to say, “I’m sorry“.
– Steve Arterburn
Nothing you ever do for a child is wasted. – Garrison Keillor
Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they’re not treating them as possessions or toys. – Charles de Lint