I read an article1 the other day on Dr. Larry Sax. He says many parents today think that we need to be treating our kids like adults. Sax is the author of a new book called The Collapse of Parenting. The article summarizes what Dr. Sax tells us: “Some parenting experts” suggest “that [parents] should offer their children choices instead of telling them what to do….The hierarchy of parent over child no longer exists….Instead of parents exercising their authority because they know what’s best, they are focusing on making children happy and boosting their self-esteem.” Proverbs 29:15 is clear, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” (ESV). Parents, our “job is to teach children right from wrong…and keep [them] safe”—and point them to Christ. So, as Dr. Sax says, speak in statements, not so many questions.
1“Physician to parents: You’re doing it wrong” by Nicole Villalpando, Austin American-Statesman
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Suggested Reading: Proverbs 29:15