Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Here’s the perfect work around, it’s all about how you word things with parents.
My mother’s first response is to call me ‘rude’ if I ever were to phrase an answer in over-analytical terminology. Which give her cause to perceive me as being slick and want to slap my face.
Here’s a perfect example:
“Did you clean your room?”
“Yes, ma. However, the closet of which my clothes lie is unfortunately dysfunctional therefore has lead me to create an army of colors in the right corner of my floor.”
“Are you being smart, little girl?”
“No, ma. I’m just telling you what happened!”
If I were to say:
“It’s clean, I just have to organize the clothes of the floor.”
Her response would still be, “Are you being smart, little girl?” With a twist of, “You know how many times I told you to clean your room? You don’t have manners because you don’t listen!”
In conclusion, really, YOU CAN’T WIN!
Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Sure but DON’T you dare defend yourself because that means you’re talking back. Which would also clarify what occurred before was, surely NOT, a conversation – rather a one-sided argument. Our parents are our teachers and also our disciplinary, romp smacking, fear thrilling, command offices.
Point is, respect them, just choose better words to save your hind. Hehe. I can’t wait to be a parent, this is going to be so much fun lol