Parent, Submit to Your Kids!

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:4

A little boy asked his father, “Dad, did you go to Sunday school every week?”

“I sure did, son,” his father replied. Said the boy, “I’ll bet it won’t do me any good either.”

To exasperate (v. 4) means to annoy, anger, upset, irritate, or infuriate. Any parent knows that kids do that to us regularly. But how do we exasperate them? Parents must also submit to their children out of reverence for Christ. Four key points stand out for me:

  • Not listening to them.

    “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).

  • Inconsistency in discipline.

    Discipline must be fair, swift, consistent, and done in love, not in anger.

  • Responding to their anger with anger.

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

  • The “do what I say, not what I do” attitude.

    “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).

Perhaps the key to success is best summed up in the word


. Do you treat children with the same love and respect you desire from them?


May children see Christ in me today. Amen.