Getting children to listen to the instruction and wisdom from adults can be pretty challenging.
As a mother, I’ve learned that my daughters follow my lead most when they feel emotionally and physically secure.
As a teacher, I’ve found that a similar thread of trust has to be present in order for the students to hear me out and implement the things I tell them.
They have to be convinced that I’m actually for them and not against them.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably no stranger to the frustrations that come from dealing with kids who don’t want to listen to you.
They don’t want to receive the wisdom you have.
They’d rather do it their own way even if their way means a wrong way or a destructive way.
Let’s just be honest, this can make us, the adults, pretty upset! Especially when we know we could help our kids avoid having to experience certain things.
But here’s some good news. When I think about God as Father, I’m reminded that He is faithful, loving, and that He’s a comforter.
He is always for His children. Not against them.
He’s simply a good, good Father.
No doubt, it’s been His kindness towards me (when I’ve messed up a thousand times over) that has given me the heart to obey him. I know that God really has my back and desires the best for me. I’ve seen this play out time and time again throughout my life.
Because of this, I’ve grown to trust Him.
I don’t think it would be too far of a stretch if we took a lesson or two from our Heavenly Father when it comes to getting our kids to listen to us!
Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or you fill some other role as leader in the life of a child, your patience, kindness, sincerity, and your ability to honor your word to them will give them a security they can rest in.
When we trust people, we respect them. We give them the space to speak into our lives in ways we may not give to those we distrust!
I pray that if you’re having difficulties getting the children in your care to listen to you, that you would take time to reflect and see what ways you can build trust with your kid.
It seems like such a small thing, but it really can make all the difference in the world!