by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy – What to Do with a Foolish Child?
Editor’s note: We left this yesterday with a grandmother upset that her grandchild was behaving in a childish manner plus being upset that the boy is fat in her opinion. Michael gave his answer, which involved accusing the parents of letting the child play video games and be left to his foolish devices. Today Debi answers and it isn’t much better. I’m just surprised that neither of the Pearls mentioned giving him a switching. This advice today isn’t bad, but you know that the idea of a beating is lurking just behind this.
Debi Pearl: I think I would say to him, “You know, your daddy, was my little boy. Your daddy is such a fine man. Your daddy never, never did that when he was growing up.” “He was far too wise to do a thing like that. I think maybe you should not do that any more, because it makes you look so foolish and silly.” I think I would say that to the child.
Michael: If he gets, if people laugh at him or have an emotional response that recognizes his presence, he’ll keep on doing it. You should shun that kind of response. Turn your back on it. Say something about it negative. Let him know that he’s not going be loved. He’s not going to be looked at. He’s not going to be enjoyed when he’s acting like that.
As soon as he acts normal, show attention, show affection, enjoy him, do things that he can participate with. You have a negative response to his negative actions. You have a positive response to his positive actions. He’ll see that and he’ll change.
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