Family Matters - Part 6

What Do Kids Need Most?

To be taught responsibility.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Colossians 3:16 NLT

     3 goals of parenting:
    *parent control in early years
    *self control in the middle years
    *God control for the rest of their lives

To be counseled.

Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  Colossians 3:16 NLT

A consistent example.

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17 NLT

To be loved.

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.  Colossians 3:18-19 NLT

3 ways to express love:

*affection  *affirmation  *attention

To be disciplined.

Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.  Colossians 3:20 NLT

                      Punishment          Discipline
        inflict a penalty    promote growth    
Focus            the past                the future
Attitude        anger                    love

To be encouraged.

Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.  Colossians 3:21 NLT

You can't raise quality kids in your spare time!