Being a Repenting Parent

Biblical Counseling Coalition | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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Editor’s Note: In this second article of a three-part Parenting Mini-Series on the BCC Grace and Truth blog, Kyle Johnston shows the need for repenting parenting over parenting perfectionism. In other contributions to the mini-series, Bob Kellemen explains the importance of parents focusing first on becoming more God-dependent rather than seeking a parenting “how-to” manual, and Howard Eyrich shares five parenting lessons he has learned in his years of parenting and counseling parents.

“Hmm…exactly as I suspected. Practically perfect in every way!” So says Mary Poppins, after measuring herself with her famous tape measure. Now, as you may remember from the iconic movie, when she uses it on others—on the children—the tape measure reveals all of their faults and flaws. On poor young Michael, for instance, the tape measure shows that he is “extremely stubborn and suspicious” and that his sister Jane is “rather inclined to giggle, [and] doesn’t put things away.”

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Mary Poppins’ self-assessment is, of course, hilariously sanctimonious. And yet, perhaps there’s something in her self-assessment that is too true of us as parents. Like Mary, we can also be self-righteous. While we are very aware of the faults in our children, we might (unwittingly) be portraying an image of ourselves that is practically perfect.

How does this work? None of us set out, at least not deliberately, to present an overly-polished view of ourselves to our children. So how might we be portraying a practically-perfect image unawares?

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Here’s how I think it happens: As parents, and particularly as Christian parents who want to model something of the love and holiness of God, we realize that we must be good role models for our children. This is, of course, right and true. We must model the virtues and values that we want our children to embrace. We must reflect something of God,...
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