Here is an excerpt from Paul Tripp’s book on “Parenting.” Convicted to show my children more and more grace.
“Here’s the humbling conclusion that God, in grace led me to: I am more like my children than unlike them—and so are you. The reality is that there are few struggles int he lives of my children that aren’t in my life as well (materialism, relationships, wanting my own way, attraction to the world, subtle idolatries, etc.), This admission transformed my parenting. Instead of approaching them with self-righteous outrage, I moved toward them as a sinner in need of grace needing to confront a sinner in need of grace. God’s plan is to make his invisible grace visible to children by sending parents of grace to give grace to children who need grace. And parents who know they need grace tend to want to give grace to children who are just like them.” (Parenting, p. 39)