What we desperately need is a return to the biblical principles of parenting. Christian parents don’t need new, shrink-wrapped programs; they need to apply and obey consistently the few simple principles that are clearly set forth for parents in God’s Word, such as these:
- Constantly teach your kids the truth of God’s Word (Dt. 6:7).
- Discipline them when they do wrong (Pr. 23:13-14).
- And don’t provoke them to anger (Col. 3:21).
Those few select principles alone, if consistently applied, would have a far greater positive impact for the typical struggling parent than hours of discussion about whether babies should be given pacifiers, or what age kids should be before they’re permitted to choose their own clothes, or dozens of similar issues that consume so much time in the typical parenting program.
~ John MacArthur