Teaching Obedience and Safety

I have always believed in the importance of obedience. This morning, reading one mother’s very scary experience reminded me why I HAVE to work hard in raising obedient kids. (You can read this post here: “First Time Obedience.”)

While I totally understand how important it is to encourage kids to explore, question, and be active participants in the world, stories like these make me realize that teaching kids to obey outweighs my responsibility to help them develop a curious mind. A child’s unquestioning and unwavering obedience could be the very thing that will keep him/her safe in an emergency situation. Therefore teaching obedience and safety are principles that parents should not take lightly.

There are a lot of things we can do to make sure we raise obedient kids. For me, I would say that setting a good example and being consistent are key to molding obedient children. How about you? What do you do to make sure that your kids obey the first time? Do you have any tips for teaching obedience and safety?