“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord“” (Eph 6:4)
If you want to NOT provoke your children to anger, then …
- Do not be overprotective.
- Do not be found guilty of favoritism.
- Do not compare your children with one another.
- Do not set unrealistic performance standards.
- Do not pamper them by not making them do house chores or help with anything around the house.
- Do not engage in excessive criticism.
- Do not refuse to praise or commend them.
- Do not make them feel useless.
- Do not demand perfection.
- Do not refuse to take their sin seriously.
- Do not neglect them.
- Do not u se a “cutting tongue” when dealing with them.
- Do not physically abuse them.
- Do not pretend to be the perfect parent.
- Do not be inconsistent in your punishment and rewarding.
- Do not have different standards for your children individually.
- Do not break your promises.
- Do not be hypocritical in your faith.
These principles are nuggets of wisdom I have collected over the years from wise parents I emulate and adore. May they encourage your own parenting and grandparenting.