Is being right more important than your relationship with your child?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Thought for the day

Children are learning executives, parents are household executives and teachers are classroom executives.

Children are learning executives, parents are household executives and teachers are classroom executives.

My two cents:  Being right is not more important than your relationship with your child.  If you are primarily concerned about being right, then you risk alienating your children which makes imparting wisdom nearly impossible. Correct your child with a merciful heart. Sometimes your child may need to forgive you for being right, because he is offended by the truth.  When that happens, invite your child to think about forgiving you for the fact that they are indeed offended, thus leaving the door open for more conversation and learning something about one another.

It is in the realm of hearts and minds that God’s power enables us to express our citizenship in heaven on earth. I have found that the average person, who is not a theologian, soldier or politician, but a regular person – a daughter/son, sister/brother, wife/husband, mother/father and friend, can overcome all forms of evil with good by bringing all relationships into alignment with God’s will. It is how we can choose to reconcile the differences and conflict among us in New Testament life: For all things, love God first with all your heart, and then love your neighbor as yourself.

Habakkuk 3:19

The Lord God is my strength, And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, And he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

This from the Oblates of St. Joseph, CUSTOS(Inaugural Issue) Winter 2013 -2014 p.11

…Dear young friends, as you return to your homes, do not be afraid to be generous with Christ, to bear witness to his Gospel. In the first Reading, when God sends the prophet Jeremiah, he gives him the power to “pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant” (1:20). It is the same for you. Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world.

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Joanna Jullien "Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it."  Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien “Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it.” Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.

 

 

 

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.

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