Colossians 3:20 says, “Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.”
Here are three ways we’ve partnered together as parents:
1. Make decisions together.
Whether it’s a big or small decisions about your children, make them together. Kids begin to understand problem solving when they see their parents working together.
2. Have each others backs.
When it comes to disciplining, make sure you back each other up. Even at a early age, children know the difference between right and wrong. In addition, If you decide that you disagree with the others reason for or method of discipline, do it privately and not in front of the child.
3. Treat each other with respect, especially when the children are watching.
If your child identifies more with one parent, make sure they see you interacting positively with the other. We want our children to have a healthy self-esteem, and if they believe that you think the other parent is good, your child will feel that they are also good.
I am not a perfect parent, and I know I make many mistakes in the course of my children’s life. My hope is that by being mindful of how I’m parenting, I can better raise them to honor their parents and know that they are pleasing the God.