Are you a controlling and angry parent? A submissive parent? Maybe you’re presumptuous? If you’re wondering what that even means, don’t miss today’s Home School Heartbeat, as Martha Peace joins host Mike Farris to discuss types of parents who provoke their children.
Martha Peace is with me again to talk about being a faithful parent. Martha, you and Stuart Scott devoted a chapter of your book called The Faithful Parent to describing various types of parents who provoke their children. What do you mean by that?
Well, in Ephesians 6 verse 4, it says “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” And in Colossians 3:21 it says you will discourage your children. And this command to parents is about habitual wrong actions of parents, that over time have this effect on the child.
So what are the examples of these different kinds of parents who do provoke their kids?
Well, we have all kinds of labels for these parents in the chapter. The number one culprit are the proud parents. They’re arrogant, they&rsuqo;re not teachable, they’re not humble, they won’t apologize or ask their children’s forgiveness. That is extremely hurtful and provoking to children. Some parents are angry and controlling. Or the submissive, easily manipulated parents. And we have more in there, but most parents can see where they’re erring. And then we not only tell them what they’re doing wrong, but then how to correct it.
Martha, those are very interesting and excellent insights. We’ll be back next time. I’m Mike Farris.