We love the Bible verse of Galatians 6:5 which says,”for each one should carry his own load.” What a great verse to remind us as parents that we have to have loving boundaries if we want to teach our kids to be responsible.
When they leave their plate on the table after dinner, when they drop their clothes on the washer, when they leave they toys scattered outside, holding the boundaries means the next event doesn’t happen till the last event has the proper closure. Wow this is hard to do. Not nagging them but providing them with consequences that are equal to the situation.
Sure there are the examples of grace when you let things slide for a day. But most days there are constant consequences for a task that is not finished well, also positive feedback when the tasks are done well.
I also have the job as a parent of modeling my own follow through with the tasks that I am doing. I must be the example of responsibility in the first place. This is honoring God. Though it won’t hit the headlines as a big deal. Learning to carry our own load in a society of laziness and blame is a wonderful witness of God love. We bless others when we are responsible with the work God has given us to do.
What do you think is the hardest thing about teaching your kids to be responsible?
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