Children are intelligent little beings. It isn't long before they realize both of their parents were not cut from the same fabric. Some things are okay with one parent and definitely a "no-no" with the other. As parents, it's important to realize this and join forces. Our children are not the enemies, but if parents are not united, even with their differences, their little ones will quickly learn how to play one against the other. "But, Mom/Dad said I could!" is one of the first phrases a clever child learns.
How can parents lovingly disagree? What part does forgiveness play? Why is it essential to find a common ground? These are some of the questions we'll be discussing in this study.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22:7–12; Proverbs 22:6; Isaiah 66:13; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:1–7, 4:19; Colossians 3:13
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: We may have different perspectives, but we have the same goal—to raise godly, well-adjusted children.
—Teaching point two: There will be times of disagreement.
—Teaching point three: We must concentrate on what we can do to parent well and not on what our spouse is doing wrong.
—Teaching point four: Some day the nest will be empty, so we need to treasure our marriage.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIAN PARENTING TODAY
• Mom vs. Dad, by Faith Tibbetts McDonald (July/August 2001, 11 printed pages)
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