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You’re not wearing those shoes—they have holes in them!

Posted on 2/17/2019 by Greg Yoder

When have you EVER heard THAT come out of your child’s mouth? Believe it or not, a friend of mine posted a picture of some tattered gym shoes with the following: “Say you have a son who’s in 3rd grade who has a ton of shoes but has  one pair that he absolutely loves. That pair is totally beat up. But he gets irrationally upset at the thought of not being able to wear them to school and throwing a fit. Do you let him wear them?” The answer? Yes and no. If you’re saying no because it “looks bad,” then yes—let him wear them. Now, if your son is just doing it to be disobedient and it’s a pattern of misbehavior, then no. See? Worn-out shoes can be lessons for kids AND adults.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 6:1-4 Colossians 3:20

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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