Sometimes parents can forget that their kids have minds of their own. When we raise kids, we want them to make good decisions, and we might blame ourselves if they ignore our warnings and make a bad choices.
But sometimes parents need to be willing to relinquish some of that control and remember that their kids are their own people. Parents should do their absolute best to guide, instruct, and influence their kids, but in the end , it’s up to the kids to heed that advice.
How to Influence Your Kids While Accepting They Have Minds of Their Own
Never forget that our kids have their own minds with which to decide to do right or to do wrong. Know that over the course of their childhood, those minds are developing. This is why it is so important to help them acquire healthy appetites in today’s sea of positive and negative stimulus options.
Even then, there is no guarantee that our kids will follow the narrow path because, when all the smoke clears and our kids come of age, ultimately, they will be responsible for their own attitudes, appetites, and actions. If they choose the wide path for life, we can’t feel guilty if we know we obeyed God and raised them according to a biblical worldview. Because, ultimately, they do—and will always have—minds of their own.
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