It’s 7:30, and you’re getting ready to leave for work. You have a tight schedule, and any delay is going to make you late for that important meeting. Your 17-year-old daughter is still in bed. Do you wake her up and make sure she gets to school, or do you let her sleep and suffer the consequences? That’s a fine line, isn’t it? Here’s my two cents. If your teen’s in the habit of not being responsible, let her sleep and pay the price. But, if she’s a first-time offender, wake her up. I’m reminded of Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (NIV). It’s easier to train them with a loving tone than an angry one.

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Suggested Reading: Ephesians 6:4