Friday, October 14, 2011

How to raise delinquent children

I was listening to a sermon by John MacArthur titled "Shade for Our Children" part of the Foundations Series (I have been listened to it before), and thought I'd share the following, which he mentions in his sermon:

How to raise delinquent children

1.      Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants.  In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.

2.      When he picks up bad words, laugh at him.  This will make him think he's cute.  It will also encourage him to pick up "cuter phrases" that will blow off the top of your head later.

3.      Never give him any spiritual training.  Wait until he is 21, and then let him "decide for himself."

4.      Avoid the use of the word "wrong."  It may develop a guilt complex.  This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing a car, that society is against him and he is being persecuted.

5.      Pick up everything he leaves lying around—books, shoes, clothes.  Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.

6.      Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on.  Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but don't worry about his mind feasting on garbage.

7.      Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children.  In this way they will not be too shocked when the home is broken up later.

8.      Give the child all the spending money he wants.  Never let him earn his.  Why should he have things as tough as you did?

9.      Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort.  See that every sensual desire is gratified.  Denial may lead to harmful frustration.

10.    Take his part against neighbors, teachers, policemen.  They are all prejudiced against your child.

11.    When he gets into real trouble, apologize to yourself by saying, "I never could do anything with him!"

12.    Prepare yourself for a life of grief.  You'll surely have it.

( information about the origin of the above can be found at
Related links:
Foundation Series Volume 1
Foundation Series Volume 2
Child-Rearind and Personality Development, book by Paul D. Meier

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  1. Should I be feeling bad that I do a lot of those things? lol

  2. It's hard to believe a parent would raise their children like this, but you see evidence of it all the time. I've always planned to raise my kids the way I've been raised and my life has turned out pretty much alright up till now.

  3. It is so hard to know how to raise children. There are so many factors against parents these days-mainly social media. You want to be open so your children will come to you with questions and issues, but also stern so they learn the tough lessons in life. Everything in life is about balance. My husband and I are learning the hard way that kids have a whole new set of ways to get in trouble than we did at their age. You may think that because they are sitting at home on their phones in your presence that all is well. Do you really know what is going on though? Parents really need to tune in to what kids are doing on Facebook, Twitter Instagram and the like. I'm sure some who did would be in for a big surprise about what their kids are talking about and posting.