I asked one what they disliked most about their parents. First, she said, “Well, I like my parents.” Then she said, “But it does drive me crazy when they tell me we’re going to do something like go to an amusement park, but, then, the rest of the week, they threaten to take it away from me every time I turn around.” Parents, how would you like it if your boss offered you a three-day weekend, then, at every little misstep, he threatened to renege? Are there options? Of course. Discipline in proportion to the crime. There may be times to take something like that away—but not for an honest mistake that they feel bad about. Add a chore or something. Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children” (NIV).
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