Many are unaware of the great responsibility involved in parenting. We are products of our environment. When a child grows up in an environment of abuse and immorality, he/she would develop all kinds of emotional disorders. The feelings and attitudes children are exposed to, form the attitudes they embrace as adults, even if they are wrong.
Parents must be careful with their choice of words when they chastise there children in a bid to correct them. Words are powerful. The inward pain of hurtful words linger long after the physical bruises and pain is gone.
The truth is that parents hold the future of their children in their hands by their choice of words and the environment they create for them. The environment determines whether they succeed of fail, serve God or not, become good or bad parents. The environment you create for them also determines the environment they’ll give you when you are old. Whatever you sow, you’ll reap. Treat your children right, care for them, respect them and provide for them to the best of your ability; and they will be insurance for you when you are old.
Those who have been emotionally wounded tend to look for love and acceptance desperately. No one has the ability to overcome the pains and bad memories of your past. Love yourself first and have a good self-esteem; then somebody else can love you. See yourself as valuable and a treasure. Stop looking for love in the wrong places because you will not find it.
Loving yourself is easy when you see yourself through the eyes of the One Person who loves and made you for His own pleasure. When people around you see no good in you, I guarantee that God does; His love for you is unconditional and ever-present. Develop a relationship with God and you will learn to love and value yourself; He will also bring people your way who will love you for who you are. You will no longer have to look for love because Love would have found you.
Are you a parent who has made mistakes in the past? Allow God show you how to become a better parent. Focus on your children, recognize their problems and needs, support, guide, listen to them and love them. Love them selflessly. Stop running them down with your mouth. Instead, help them build a healthy self-esteem.
May God help us!