Ephesians 6:1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."
Most Atlanta students are back in school now. The new school year brings about some changes. In some cases newly established or enforcement of previously established expectations take place.
Many parents are fighting to enforce the expectations that are set within households. It is typical for children, particularly teens, to resist doing what they know they should. Yet, the parent is overall responsible for upholding the expectations, including potential consequences.
Parents have to set expectations for many reasons. Children, whether they think they are grown or not, they are still under parental supervision, and therefore need to do what is expected of them.
Many parents mistakenly balk when their children begin to complain about having expectations at all.
Parental responsibility does not stop at the whimpers of a rebellious child. There is a biblical responsibility for parents to teach children what is right. Deuteronomy 11:18-19 says, "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Children should always hear the enforcements of expectations. In some cases, expectations do change with the age of a child, but there should never be an impression that no boundaries exist.
Standing firm on expectations is critical because when children become adults they will have had plenty of practice. Stay in the fight parents. We never know when the seeds we have planted in our children will sprout and become the fruit that may one day save their lives.