Ohh the balance of grace and accountability....I do NOT have this one down, yet. I speak harsher than I intend to for an obvious mistake or accident. I do not give sufficient warning that a certain attitude or behavior is unacceptable before holding my child accountable.
I'm a sinner.
I, personally, am still learning the fine details of what God's grace is and what it means for me.
Grace is a gift.
It is extended to us undeserving humans who constantly repeat ourselves by a God who loves to give wonderful gifts.
The greatest gift He has given us is the gift of Salvation.
If we choose it.
I think the first step in teaching grace is capturing our children's hearts. Many times we need to disciple their heart rather than discipline a behavior. Take the time to get to the bottom of the behavior so you can get to the bottom of their hearts!
Reading the Word of God to them, over them, into them, will teach them about the ultimate example of grace.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.