To be honest with you, I felt like a pretty good parent as long as I was bigger than my children. (I’m only half-joking.)
I feel much safer if I can control my children’s lives. I know what’s best for them and there is really no need for them to have to experience pain because I can help them avoid most of it if they will just listen to me and obey me. (I’m only 2/3 joking.)
What really “chaps my hide” is when they want to grow up and start making their own choices – even if they’re wrong. I feel totally out of control knowing that there is no guarantee that they will choose to follow Jesus and His ways.
So I have learned to simply redirect all that passion from lecturing them to praying for them. Ultimately I can only do so much parenting from the outside-in. Their heavenly Father can Parent from the inside-out.