“Do as I say, not as I do.” Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy of saying things and not doing them.
One of the greatest forms of hypocrisy in the home exists when parents tell their children to live a certain way, yet not live by the same standard themselves.
We are not saying that parents need to be perfect, regardless of the standard under consideration. However, there needs to be consistency.
Children already push the limits as close to the line as possible and measure every action by the consistency of parental guidance.
As challenging as parenting is for anyone, the best place to lead our children in establishing a standard to guide their lives throughout life is found in the home. Here is where the foundation must be laid.
We must develop a consistency in approaching the way the standard is lived in the home.
When we fail to live up to the standard: admit it, apologize, and make restitution. Do not excuse it…ever!
Seek ways to help our children understand the purpose behind the standard.