So, I haven’t been blogging much lately! Morning sickness has been getting the best of me lately, and not much interesting is going on at our house, unless you count sibling fighting, which has been pretty much constant…
Jordan read 1 Corinthians 13 to the boys, and talked to them about what love is. Love is not provoked and does not take into account a wrong suffered (vs. 5) Love also does not rejoice in unrighteousness (vs. 6). Tattling goes against both of those things. Tattling is usually slander (speaking about a person in a way designed to make others think negatively of them, because we want to get back at them for what they did) and often is rejoicing in unrighteousness (taking pleasure in another person being punished for their sin).
There is a world of difference between tattling versus coming to Mom or Dad for help in resolving a conflict. The first is a complaint, the second is a request.
We have found that our children respond much better when confronted with God’s Word rather than just Mom and Dad’s words. Tattling can really drive a person crazy, but our being fed up is not a good reason for our children to stop tattling! Obedience to God’s way is a good reason. And God’s Word is powerful to change hearts (Heb 4:12).
Are your kids struggling with conflict now that school is out and there’s less to do? How are you handling increased fighting?