Most of us have a complaint or two about our parents. None were perfect and many carry scars from their childhood. You may still have resentments about what happened to you as a child, and I’m certainly not attempting to trivialize those issues. Yet, Scripture tells us to honor parents: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). God tells us that He will bless us as we honor our parents. Consider how you might honor your parents, no matter the how you have been raised. This may seem like a huge challenge; yet it is one I believe God will bless. 

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed! He is also excited to continue offering his special eBook, A Love Life of Your Dreams free for you to download.