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How to provoke your children1 min read

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Scripture instructs us parents not to provoke our children to anger:

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

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

But what exactly do we do to hurt our children this way? John MacArthur gives us a nice list, which I’ve summarized below.

How to Provoke Your Children (things you should NOT do ;)

  1. Excessive Discipline
  2. Inconsistent Discipline
  3. Unkindness
  4. Favoritism
  5. Overindulgence
  6. Overprotection
  7. Pressure to Achieve