CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 6, 2009

Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.

FATHER’S, DO NOT PROVOKE YOUR

CHILDREN TO WRATH

This post is part of a continuing series about child abuse and parenting. At the end of this article are links to the other posts on this subject. If the links do not work, go to www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com , click on the folder CHILD ABUSE, and scroll down the posts to find answers to your questions. Also click on the DEVOTION folder for child-abuse specific devotions.

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

DEVOTION:  Fathers—and mothers—can and must direct and discipline their children. This may anger the child like we ourselves become angry with someone who corrects us. Eventually, however, appropriate discipline will strengthen us and out relationships.
     Wrath is, however, violent anger, rage, fury, resulting in inappropriate discipline styles that leave a child feeling worthless and inhuman. Wrath physically or verbally “kills off” parts of a child through attitudes, verbal putdowns and/or physical attack.
     Crossing the line between appropriate discipline and the release of adult anger onto the child (anger stemming from the adult’s own insecurities) creates wrath.
     If a child shows “wrath,” ask why. Chances are, discipline can be changed so as to correct but still respect the child as a person.

PRAYER: Lord, give me the strength to control my temper and to take the time to listen to my children, even as I discipline them. Help me to remember that they are young and are constantly learning.

ADDITIONAL READING:

CHILD ABUSE SERIES:

CHILD ABUSE DEFINITIONS

TYPES OF ABUSE

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

CHILD ABUSE CREATES VICTIMIZATION

CHARACTERISTICS OF ABUSIVE FAMILIES

POSTS ON ABUSE:

WILL YOU LOVE ME TO DEATH?

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

WILL YOU LOVE ME TO DEATH?

BUTLER STREET

BEYOND THE ROCK

THOUGHTS FOR DAVID

REACH OUT

A PIECE OF ME

THE WELL-ADJUSTED CHILD

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

ANOTHER HORRIFYING HEADLINE

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

MY HAPPY PLACE

VOICES OF WILDERNESS: PEACE MEETING

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

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