31 Days of Parenting Littles: Honor

The Bible says to honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2). What exactly does that mean though, and how can we teach it to our children? The verb, to honor, means "to regard with great respect". So according to that, one of the things we need to teach our children is to respect us. To do that, we need to be worthy of respect and we also need to model respect, especially towards each other.

Parents need to build each other up. Too often in movies and on TV we see parents criticising each other and being made fools of. No child would respect parents like many of those we see in the media.

I am very conscious of wanting to build Raoul up in the eyes of our children. I don't criticise him or poke fun at him. I remind the kids that Daddy works hard to provide for us, and show them the ways that he works and takes care of our family. I stand behind his decisions and we are a united front.

We don't hide the fact that we make mistakes, and we apologise when those mistakes affect our children, which I think also helps to build respect. What ways do you try to build respect in your family?

This post is part of my 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes. See my first post if you haven't heard of 5 minute free writes.