Parenting………….what a challenge! So, they tell us there are 3 styles of parenting.
1) AUTHORITARIAN: In this style the parent makes all the decisions, controls the environment with rewards or punishment, acts that htey are better than the child and tend to be iron handed and provide little freedom of expression. GOD demonstrated this style with the 10 commandments and sacrificial system. And, the people did not prosper. Neither will your children..
2) PERMISSIVE: In this style the parent is a slave to the child. The child is the focus of the relationship. The child controls te life of all family members. It is alot like Disneyland for the child and like a job for the parents. And the end result is rebellion! Remember Eli and his sons.
3) AUTHORATATIVE: Give choices and guidelines and let the child make decisions. Be consistent! Accountability is essential and discipline must be love driven. Teach self respect. Reality is the teacher and you are the example. The prodical son story. Raise up a child and in his old age he won’t stray FAR from it…(paraphased)
All rules must be CONSISTENT, PREDICTABLE AND CONTROLLABLE
Early November means one thing around the Sweet Gum Head Church of Christ and community! The Galloway Family hosts Paintball for all followed by dinner in the barn. This past Saturday at least 3 local elders, 4 ministers and church members from Alabama, Georgia and Florida got divided into teams and “traded paint”. Grandmothers to grandsons, husband and wives, youth group members and friends enjoy nature, adventure and a little pain. Then all come together to give thanks and share a feast!
LAUNCH SINGLES leader Jim Miller brought his 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Former Mobile Inner City Director Bill Draper brought his boys. Sean White brought the youth group.Fathers brought wives, chilren and grandchildren.
“I come for the fellowship,” stated Jim Miller. ” My son Jameson comes to shoot and be shot! My daughter comes to hang out.” we learn teamwork and patience and are treated like family. aybe more church ministers and elders should share paintball. It certainly intensifies relationships!”
One observation of the weekend events was that people act different sharing activities than they do sitting in the pew. Need some fellowship? Paintball!
Jameson Miller ready to Paintball!