The dad and/or mom, that parents as a dictator, thinks like this:
- I've got the rules!
- The kids are getting MY rules!
- No one is to question MY RULES!
- All of MY rules must be carried out precisely and perfectly!
Where's the nurture and comfort of the Lord in all of that?
Sadly, this attitude will end up costing the dictatorial parent their child.
The child will become bitter because of too much harshness. The lack of healthy conversations, will cause the child to end up distancing themselves from the parent.
Ultimately, the child will end up rejecting the parent, if they continue to be on the receiving end of their hypocritical attitude.
A dictatorial parent can make their young child respect them, but it's only out of fear. As the child grows older, this fear will serve as the lumber they use to build up walls of resentment.
The dictator parent is insensitive, harsh, and all about rules and shouting!
If that's you, REPENT and make it right!
If that's not you, PRAY that never becomes you!
If you're not sure if that's you, ASK your spouse or child.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.