I Thessalonians 5:14 (NET) And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all.
As parents we must understand that each of our children are unique. Some like lots of activities, others prefer time alone. Some are compliant, others constantly test the limits. Some have thick skins, others are easily offended. And, each child may change over the years. Our parenting approach depends on knowing each child and responding according to their unique personality.
For the undisciplined or rebellious child, admonishment is needed. You will be challenged to deliver consequences consistently and empathetically. For the discouraged child, tempted to withdraw from trials, comfort and encouragement are necessary. Learn to listen to their concerns and reflect their feelings back to them as you communicate confidence in their abilities.
The weaker or passive child needs help; maybe they lean toward adherence to “the rules” without understanding there are principles behind the rules. Spiritual wisdom can be passed along by helping the child explore the reasons for their actions. Regardless of the personality type of a child, God asks us to be patient. As people of God we must not miss this life leadership lesson!
God wants us to “know” each of our children and adapt our parenting style to each particular personality. Today’s message is for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, spiritual leaders, teachers of all kinds. Have a marvelous day in the Lord!