As parents, it is natural for us to want to think the best of our kids. But could this perspective actually get in the way of effective parenting?
While it is important to share trust with your kids, sometimes blindly assuming the best can be a misstep. Parents must try to see the truth in the evidence that their children give them before naively believing their kids are perfect.
Why it can be a Mistake to Always Think the Best of Your Kids
You’ve probably heard some wonderful and credible people use this phrase, “We should always think the best of everyone.” Well, as much as we would all like to think the best of everyone, for the wise and informed parent, that seemingly kind statement may be a bit naive—especially if your teen’s history and contradictory evidence indicates otherwise.
If God puts a high premium on truth, wouldn’t it be prudent to think the truth about everyone—especially our kids? Then we can, as Jesus encouraged, make a right judgment. Until we know and accept the truth about our kids, we’ll never be able to effectively assess them and pour into them the right amount of discipline or the right amount of grace.
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