How do you speak about your spouse? Do you down talk or belittle your spouse in front of your kids?
When I was in youth ministry, I saw this happen all the time. The reason some teens do not respect one parent is because they have been discipled by the other parent to believe the worst about that parent.
Mom, the way you speak about your kids Dad shapes the way they SEE him.
Single Moms, I know he hurt you,
But one day you are going to need that man to be a dad to his children. One day the 5 year old will be 15 years old, and if that child has heard you tear down their father since they were 5 years old there is no way they’ll ever respond to the fathers leadership when you need him to step in and parent.
How you talk about him today, matters tomorrow.
If you’re still married, and you think it’s funny to refer to Dad as “one of the kids”, then your kids won’t respect him, they’ll also treat him like one of the kids.
HUSBANDS! The same is true for you.
If you refer to your wife as “negative nancy” or “the old ball and chain” around your kids, what does that teach them?
Men, get busy AFFIRMING the positive in your wife, instead of CONFIRMING the negative.
How you treat your wife is how your son will treat his wife one day. Even scarier, The way you speak to your wife is the way your daughter will allow her future husband speak to her.
The #verseoftheday is
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21 NIV
Let’s speak life