by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Cheerful, Authoritative, Consistent
Editor’s note: Is this really what Michael thinks is the most important? I don’t think so. He’s proven too many times that he is more about making sure he quashed any independence of thought in the child by using cruel physical punishment.
Child training wisdom would certainly enable you to approach your job with confidence, but wisdom is not an indispensable prerequisite. Parents are just grown kids—people still developing, seldom exceptional in any area, especially not in the art of training a little human to be exceptional. Being a good child trainer and parent is not beyond the reach of any Christian parent. If you feel incompetent to bring your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, that is no indication that you are going to fail. There are three qualities parents must possess in order to produce well-trained and disciplined young adults: cheerfulness, authoritative command, and consistency.
Of these three, the greatest of these is cheerfulness. It is the first and most important quality a child trainer must possess. Young parents may not possess authoritative command or consistency when their first child comes along, but they can make a good beginning if they are cheerful. All other skills will come in time.
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