As parents, we’re not perfect. We’re sinful, just like every other human being. But, are we good examples to our kids? Michael Pearl notes how important this is on NoGreaterJoy.org—saying there are parents who fight in front of kids regularly, but they resolve their fights in front of their kids, too, which can be healthy. And how other couples won’t fight in front of their kids, but, when they go behind closed doors, the kids know exactly what’s going on because there’s bitterness, anger, and displeasure that are pretty noticeable, which is damaging to kids. Whatever you want your kids to model, you’ve got to practice it yourself, Pearl notes. “You can set a bad example in criticizing others,” spending money frivolously, and by being unthankful, unkind, lazy, irresponsible—etc., he says. Titus 2:7 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good” (NIV).
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