I read an article the other day on Dr. Larry Sax.1 He says many parents today think that we need to be treating our kids like adults. He suggest that parents should offer their children choices instead of telling them exactly what to do. He says today the parent-child hierarchy doesn’t exist anymore. 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.” Parents, our job is to teach them right and wrong, keep them safe, and point them to Christ. So speak in statements not so many questions.

1“Physician to parents: You’re doing it wrong” by Nicole Villalpando, Austin American-Statesman

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 29:15