The Myth of the Perfect Parent
According to Leslie Leyland Fields in "The Myth of the Perfect Parent," Bible-believing parents have imbibed the philosophy of John B. Watson, an early 20th-century psychologist who boasted he could train any child. Christians often follow the same kind of behaviorism, giving it a Christian veneer with selected Bible verses. And yet many children in evangelical homes are not "turning out" the way we hope or expect. Our expectations of parenting are clearly off-kilter and need to be rethought.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Ezekiel 2:3-5; 3:8-15; Ephesians 6:1-4; Hebrews 11
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: A faithful life is no guarantee of good parenting.
—Teaching point two: Faithfulness does not guarantee success-or even happiness.
—Teaching point three: We must faithfully teach our children to both love and obey God.
—Teaching point four: Raising children requires faithful obedience from children and parents.
• Apply Your Findings
• Recommended Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• The Myth of the Perfect Parent, by Leslie Leyland Fields (2010)
Total number of pages—6