A Sense of Guilt
One prayer my children would prefer I did not pray is …..“Lord, help my children to feel an overwhelming sense of guilt when they do something wrong so they will share it with us.” (usually a time of confession will happen just after one of our children has been put to bed, it is so ironic!)
When our children make a bad decision it allows us to pour truth into them. The truth of God’s grace but also the consequences of disobedience. I often feel like my blood could boil at certain points in our conversation but I know that self-control is necessary at this point to be an example (because obviously my child did not use self-control and that is why he or she is in this mess)
Always end the conversation with an encouraging word about how we all make mistakes and that is why we need a Savior. A great connection is formed in conflict as you stretch out your arms in forgiveness just like God did for us.
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind one to another, tender-hearted forgiving one another, even as Christ has forgiven you.”