I think that I hit a sensitive topic yesterday! My emails have been interesting. I posted about sibling rivalry. One mom wrote that if she started to discipline her 3 sons for sibling rivalry, she would never get anything else accomplished. Whew! I ‘hear’ her pain. Every child is different, and every situation is different, but her sons are all over 10 years old. and she was hoping that they would just grow out of it. Instead, she said it is getting worse. She figured that fighting came with having 3 sons. I agree with her on that point. Left to their own reasoning and flesh natures, our children will stay at the center of their universe. (I think that it is much harder to change a child’s heart in the tween and teen years, then in their early years, but it CAN done.) There are many adults who are still in that place. It is not a pleasant place to be. We were created to mirror God, and serve and walk in love, as He is Love.
So, yes, it is a lot of work to train our children. But even the act of training can bring us joy when we look at the bigger picture. If God has allowed us to be called moms, it can be our greatest joy and sense of fulfillment to know that we are part of God’s plan to raise an army to spread the good news of redemption. What could be greater?
I have seen, in my children, that if I can help them understand by the age of 4 or 5 that they were created to serve and walk in love, sibling rivalry becomes an almost nonexistent problem.
Yes, it was A LOT of work. But, SO well worth it!
What do you think?
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