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  • **Note from Elisabeth: Dan Tompkins, fourteen-year-old son of my dear friend Barb of Tucson, Arizona, wrote this for his school paper.

    One of the problems that I and many of the students come across is child-parent relations. God has told us to honor and obey our parents (Eph 6: 1-3). Here are some things to keep in mind:

    1. Remember that you’re the child and they’re the parent.
    2. Realize that parents know what you are going through. They’ve been there.
    3. Understand their side and their imperfection.
    4. Cooperate (they’re trying to help you!).
    5. Communicate without yelling and be open and truthful.
    6. Be determined to clear things up.
    7. Say you love them. Accept their decision—it’s for the better!

    “How I hated discipline . . .I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly” (Prov 5:12-14).

    **Excerpt originally published in the March/April 1990 Elisabeth Elliot Newsletter.