You don’t have to listen to a pair of bickering children long before the name calling starts. And the situation doesn’t get any better once the insults start flying.
As parents, we should work to train our kids to hold their tongue when they want to lash out, and to overlook insults directed at them when they provoke others. Lets see what Scripture says about this topic as we develop a method for dealing with insults.
What Proverbs 12 Tells Us About Those Who Overlook Insults
Do your kids get easily annoyed with one another and then insult one another as a result? Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.”
If your kids routinely bicker and insult one another, try catching them being good. What I mean is this: tell them you are going to reward them for not reacting negatively, but instead responding wisely, to every insult you hear or see.
In other words, whatever the situation, if your child either overlooks an offense or genuinely offers a loving response, you will offer them some kind of a reward. You decide.
Teaching your kids to wisely deal with insults will lower their stress levels—and yours—all at the same time.
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