Family Ministry Today

The Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

5 Dangers to Avoid in Parenting

by Derek Brown – Jul 12

A good article at Ligonier.org that helps us fulfill the command in Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

It is tempting to blame children for our family problems. But Scripture does not allow us to do this. Children bear the responsibility to obey their parents. But God commands parents to raise their children with godly nurture, being careful not to frustrate them. Inestimable damage is done by parents who provoke their children, and cause them to become discouraged.

While specifically addressing fathers in Colossians 3:21, God is speaking to both parents. The word translated, “fathers” is elsewhere used to mean “parents” (Heb. 11:23). Additionally, fathers are spoken to as covenant heads of the families. Fathers are to see that neither parent provokes the children. Fathers cannot stand idly by if their children are being provoked by their mothers.

Read the whole thing.

Additionally, you might also find this article helpful: “Parents, Do Not Provoke Your Children to Anger.”