Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4
I got our two youngest children to read Ephesians when I challenged to find a verse that they could use on me like I used the many verses that told children to honor their father and mother. I just did not think about it with our oldest daughter or I would have challenged her.
Children are to honor their parents. They need to respect the authority that God places parents in. I far as I have found there is no age limit on this command. We are to honor our parents for as long as they live.
However, as we see today, God places limits on parents and especially fathers. We are not to provoke ore children to anger. We are to guide them, to instruct them and to love them. We are not to belittle them, treat them unfairly or harm them. This can mean teasing them unmercifully. It can mean setting unobtainable goals of expectations. It does not mean never making them mad or angry because they don’t get to do what everyone else is doing.
Being a good parent means being the bad guy at time. Setting boundaries on what they can do, where they can go and how they dress. Just as God sets limits and has expectations for each of us, his children, so parents need to do the same with their children.
Have a blessed day,