Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

ParenthoodWhen parents don’t spend meaningful time with their kids, a credibility gap develops. In fact, one of the most common errors parents make is expecting respect without relationship.  Children might live with this contradiction for years; but if you’re cultivat­ing hurried, superficial relationships with your kids now, the odds are extremely high that, in time, they won’t respect your opinions, invite your wisdom, or respond to your warnings when they need to most.  Inevitably, as author Josh McDowell poignantly observed, “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.

The rich experience of parenthood resists short, tidy definitions.  But never forget —despite whatever else parenthood may be—it’s a battleground for the well-being of your kids.  Therefore, it’s im­perative that you learn to fight effectively for your children, and it all starts with relationship—just like it does for us with God.

– Steve Arterburn

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. – Barbara Johnson

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children’s most primitive fears. – Henry Cloud

In the midst of the affliction He counsels, strengthens confirms, nourishes, and favors us…. More over, when we have repented, He instantly remits the sins as well as the punishments. In the same manner parents ought to handle their children. – Martin Luther