by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy – Other Children Changing Your Child’s Destiny
Editor’s note: Do you think this is a real letter or another Pearl invention? Do other kids have that much of an influence on your children’s behavior? It has been my experience that while children can sometimes influence each other there’s no hard and fast rule that your children will be corrupted if you allow them to play with other children, even poorly behaved other children. More Pearl isolationism.
Dear Michael and Debi,
I have met a couple of women at my church who love the Lord, who are planning to homeschool their children. We get along really well, and our children also get along pretty well. However, because they don’t train their children properly, their children tend to act bratty and have tantrums at times. My husband is concerned that their behavior will have a bad influence on our girls. I feel that because I am always with our girls when we visit with them, I can keep a good eye on the situation and step in any time to help my children understand what is acceptable behavior and what’s not.
Did you ever experience this as you raised your children around other families? I feel sort of hopeless, that I will never find friends who hold the same conservative values and who train their children.
Your husband is right. Other children will decide your children’s destiny to some degree. This is the reason God tells older women to tell young wives and mothers: “that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4). Learn to trust your man. Also, start ministering to these families by sending us their name and address for a free subscription to our newsletter. God can change them and their children.
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