How Much Is Enough?


Karen Stubbs explains why it is important for moms to say "No" to their children.

Proverbs 30:15

The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’

To be brutally honest, you can never give your children enough. Children will always want more: more time, more money, more attention, more sacrifice on your part, more material things. Children are constantly asking us moms to give more. Therefore, you, as the mom, need to give what you can give and resist the temptation of feeling guilty. 

But, as moms, we feel guilty when we cannot give our children what they want.  Ask God to give you the strength to tell your child, “I can’t give you what you want.” If we give our children everything and never say “no” then our children will never see a need for God in their lives. Plus, it also sets our children up for unrealistic expectations in their life. Do yourself and your children a favor, learn how to say no and don’t feel guilty about it. God will provide for you and your child what you truly need in your lives. Resist guilt- it only makes you feel yucky inside and that is no way to live.



I do want to give my child everything they want, but I can’t. I don’t have unlimited time, money or energy. God, give me the strength to say no and to not feel guilty. Father, I also pray for my children…please help them to develop the maturity they need to accept my “no.”

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