They’ll Thank You Later: Tip of the Week # 10

Lisa Cherry —  December 20, 2010

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By Lisa Cherry

I have mothered some of my kids long enough that I am now actually harvesting some thanks. Many of them on the “decade delay” plan.  

Hearing these expressions of gratitude is music to my ears!

Thank you, Mother, for making me practice.
Thank you, Mother, for teaching me to like vegetables.
Thank you, Mom, for telling me “no!” when I rebelled as a teenager.
Thank you for teaching me to do laundry.
Thanks, Mom, for not letting me hang out with __________.
Thanks for never letting me talk back to you.

Parenting takes years of intense, disciplined work.  Are you willing to invest whatever it takes to see God’s kingdom formed in your child?  

Never settle for being your child’s friend when he needs you to be his parent. When a tough stand for God, a tough no to rebellion and sin, or tough training needs to occur…remember, they’ll thank you later.

Image source:  Alexander Boden  In Search of Lost Time  License: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic via Flickr Creative Commons

  • Karen Price

    I really look forward to these weekly treasures. Thank you for sharing. We are listening and we are learning.