...those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;
~ Proverbs 30:13 (NIV)
Disdainful is an appropriate word for describing the disrespectful looks you will get from your children. You may tell them you won’t tolerate it, but they may ignore you. There may even be a day when a smirk or two will be thrown in with their rolling eyes.
If you know it’s coming, you can prepare for it. The best preparation is to make sure you don’t return the look. Doing so will only negate the corrective action you need to take.
Recall how you rolled your eyes at your parents so you can relate to how your child is feeling. As you do so, you will be more understanding of how your child is learning to navigate through this step toward adulthood.
The point we need to extract from Proverbs 30:13 is that these behaviors do happen. We can wish and hope it won’t, but it does, regardless of how sweet they seem as toddlers. Be aware of where your child is in their development. When they hit the eye-rolling stage, simply accept it as another phase you have to work through. Be diligent about it. Don’t let it go unchecked or their defiance might increase.
Heavenly Father, Help our children learn that You, the Most High God, rule over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone He desires to rule over them, that authorities in their lives have been put there by You, God. Amen.In Jesus,
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Devotion taken from Once a Day Nurturing Great Kids.
Haughty eyes are expected but not respected.