- Before we give orders, we must be able to take them as well. pg. 84
- It's easier for a young man to submit to a woman when he realizes the whole chain of command. pg. 87
I love the way the Youngs implement a chain of command structure in their home to teach their boys responsibility and submission. God is the ultimate authority who gives authority to Dad who in turn delegates authority to Mom. Each boy is responsible for himself and the pets. When a child can see and understand this hierarchy, it makes it easy for him to obey and follow the structure.
- They love to try their strength… they love to compete. pg. 102
Boys love to complete… and win. At least mine do. Jonathan can turn anything into a race. If I need to light a fire under him, all I have to do is turn that thing into a competition and he's off. Even the Bible likens our lives and our faith to running a race. There is an internal sense of competition that drives to do better and be better. The downside that we need to protect our boys from is pride and boastfulness. This is the sinful side of competition that we must be careful of.
Let's talk! What do you think about authority and competition? How do you teach these things and set up guardrails in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments.