In Proverbs 22:6 , God promises “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The first authority God placed in every child’s life is the mother. All of us are teaching our children in one way or another..whether it is conciously or unconciously. We desire for them to have a submissive heart willing to conform and obey direction. However, conduct allowed is conduct taught. Little Suzy or Johnny may desire to have cookies ten minutes before dinner is to be served. You might tell them something like, “No, we are about to have dinner. However, if you make a “happy plate”, maybe you can have cookies for dessert.” It might be followed with the same request being made repeatedly while awaiting a favorable answer OR a tantrum could blow up which would result in everyone involved wanting to scream and run in the opposite direction! You might threaten to give a consequence if they do not “turn their heart around” and prepare to sit down and dine with the family. If your child does not conform to your instruction within an age appropriate measure of time, you MUST follow up with that consequence to adjust their will to conform. “No” really needs to mean no and “yes” needs to be honored no matter how inconvenient for you! Remember, we need to instill integrity in our children. It not only effects the way they will navigate the rest of THEIR life, it will effect the way they respect you the remainder of YOUR life! This is based on Godly principles and is a MANDATE from our Heavenly Father in regards to raising up our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Stay tuned for part 2! Just what does the bible say about obedience?