Mike Teavee — No Boundaries
Kids need boundaries they crave them. Kids do not feel safe or loved in an environment where they can do whatever they want. It sounds very loving to embrace your child’s creative desire to do whatever they want. I believe it is cruel. By allowing you kids to do what they want you handicap their future spiritually, morally and financially.
I have seen over the years a vast array of parents whose standards and methods I disagreed with and some I agreed with wholeheartedly. The key to the success in raising kids who have boundaries is CONSISTENCY.
If I could give one action item to parents it would be this come up with your boundaries and rules by which your house functions and be consistent. When I was raised kids were spanked for everything until the age of 13 or 14. I don’t agree with spanking kids that are that old I don’t think it accomplishes what you are trying to do. That being said I am not affected by those events because my parents were consistent in their love and correction. Did they make some mistakes, of course, as will I. When you are consistent in your love and correction your kids have a context for any mistakes you may make.
I have friends who spank and friend who don’t. I personally have chosen to use other forms of correction in addition to spanking. No matter what you choose as a form of correction, choose something and be consistent.
Whatever you do be consistent.
What are you waiting for? Return to your God!
Commit yourself in love, in justice!
Wait for your God,
and don’t give up on him—ever!