The same scene keeps playing over and over again at my house. The child breaks a rule. The parent punishes. The child complies. The parent relaxes. The child breaks the rule again.
I live in perpetual frustration over this madness. My kid can’t be the only one repeatedly falling down. I am not the only parent on the verge of a hissy fit. I know you feel it, too.
Why is it we work so hard to make our kids do right only for them to turn around and commit the same offense all over again? It comes down to the heart. Parenting is about heart change, not behavior modification. We press down with consequences but there will be no real, lasting change in their outward behavior until there is an inward change.
Moses learned this important lesson when he faced Pharaoh. God sent him to Egypt to free the Children of Israel. Moses went before Pharaoh eleven times with the same request: “Let my people go.”
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