Rebellious Teens Happen Because Mom Hates Dad?

Rebellious Teens Happen Because Mom Hates Dad? September 18, 2019

This is a very old Pearl piece from 2001 that just crossed my desk. It’s another Pearl letter into No Greater Joy magazine to Michael and Debi Pearl. The letter writer complains that her eldest kids are constantly interfering with disciplining the younger ones and that her oldest is out living a Jezebel life of rebellion.

So what did the Pearls suggest? Looking at parenting methods? Examining what changes could help? Nope, nothing so practical and helpful as that. They decided this woman was not being nice enough to her husband.

Not quite enabling, but certainly putting mom on the path to enabling every awful thing dad wants to do.

We are all drawn to cheerful, loving people. Mama has to honor Daddy. Daddy needs to respond by growing into a loving husband. This is the soil where the roots of good families develop. When a tomato plant lacks a mineral in the soil, the plant might grow tall and green like it’s counterpart, and the fruit might be large, but, as it ripens, the fruit begins to rot. So many families have the late rot disease. They have kept up the outward appearance all those years as the children grew to be adults, but one day the children got tired of the charades and went out to do what had been in their hearts all along. When a farmer has planted, watered, weeded, fertilized, and cultivated his garden, the sudden appearance of rotten fruit is terribly disappointing. When parents have raised a child and discover rottenness, they feel like complete failures, for they know there will not be a next season.

Begin by searching the Scripture concerning a husband and wife. View our husband and wife videos. Learn to abide in a state of good will toward your spouse. Stop picking the gnat from your spouse’s eye, and work on the boulder in your own. Don’t take personal offense. Become one flesh, one mind. Then go to your children and tell them you have failed, that you have missed God’s will as a couple. Tell them that you are rekindling your love.

Breathtaking in it’s ridiculousness, and woman blaming. Avoid the real problem, do not offer real solutions, just blame the wife.


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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 33 years. You can read more about the author here.

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