Trivium Pursuit

Provoking Your Child

How can you provoke your child into anger (Ephesians 6:24)?

by John MacArthur

Here are some easy steps:

1. Spoil him.
2. Give him everything he wants, even more than you can afford. Just charge it so you can get him off your back.
3. When he does wrong, nag him a little but don’t spank him.
4. Foster his dependence on you. Don’t teach him to be independently responsible. Maintain his dependence on you so later drugs and alcohol can replace you when he’s older.
5. Protect him from all those mean teachers who want to discipline him from time to time. And threaten to sue them if they don’t let him alone.
6. Make all of his decisions for him because he might make mistakes and learn from them if you don’t.
7. Criticize his father to him, or his mother, so your son or daughter will lose respect for his parents.
8. Whenever he gets into trouble, bail him out. Besides, if he faces any real consequence, it might hurt your reputation.
9. Never let him suffer the consequences of his behavior. Always step in and solve his problems for him so he will depend on you and run to you when the going gets tough and never learn how to solve his problems.
10. If you want to turn your child into a delinquent, let him express himself any way he feels like it.
11. Don’t run his life, let him run yours.
12. Don’t bother him with chores. Do everything for him then he can be irresponsible all his life and blame others when things don’t get done right.
13. Be sure to give in when he throws a temper tantrum.
14. Believe his lies because it’s too much hassle to try to sort through to get the truth.
***15. Criticize others openly; criticize others routinely so that he will continue to realize that he is better than everybody else.***
16. Give him a big allowance and don’t make him do anything for it.
17. Praise him for his good looks, never for character.

3 Responses to “Provoking Your Child”

  1. Lisa Says:

    This is EXCELLENT! I love it when someone takes a Bible verse and makes it come alive like this. Of course, I was also convicted while reading it. But my children are still young, so there is lots of hope! I am going to post a link to this on my blog soon (and tweet it right now).

  2. missy Says:

    I love to read your blog. I have not been here in a while, but am so glad to see your thoughts again. Your family has been such a blessing to mine!
    Missy Ween

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