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Compliance versus Obedience

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

Some parents say, "I can usually get my children to do what I say eventually." Parents sometimes think that obedience is the same as compliance. When you say to your son, "Please leave the computer and help me bring the groceries in from the car," and he says, "As soon as I get to the next level," that's not obedience.

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Understanding Obedience

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

We live in a society where an emphasis on teaching obedience sounds to some like heavy-handed authoritarianism. Parents don't want to be dictators so they sometimes move far away from anything that looks like being controlling. This is unfortunate since God is the one who gave the instructions for children to learn obedience. Hidden within this quality are the principles that will make children successful as they get older.

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How a Child Can Be a Servant at Christmas

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

Sometimes children believe that the whole world
revolves around them. Parents, because they enjoy caring for their kids, may at
times contribute to a child-centered mentality and further reinforce this
misconception. Children can get the impression that parents, siblings, and even
the family pets are there simply to make them happy. The result is
demandingness and an unpleasant attitude.