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Proverbs 1:8-9

The Biblical mandate to respect parents' wishes
Proverbs 1:8-9

We encourage our children to strive for achievement. We try to shield them from the dangers of the outside world. We're concerned for their emotional well-being. What's wrong with that? As my friend Barb passionately says, "It's our God-given responsibility to care for and guide our children." As Proverbs says, "Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck" (1:8-9).

Here are some insights I've gleaned as I've tackled this parenting challenge:
Know your mothering style. Know your child. Know your motivation. Know the stakes. Know what matters. Adapted from TCW article "The Fine Art of Mothering" by Elizabeth Cody Newenhuyse.

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