Developing a happy child does not come from giving him what he wants.
“I just want my child happy.”
Joy Over Happiness
Parents tell me this all the time. But all the carnal pleasures in the world given to make Junior happy won’t keep Junior happy. In fact, almost just the opposite is true.
Humans are wired for responsibility to attain deep long-term happiness. Scripture calls this joy. The mistake many parents make is thinking too short term. We want Junior smiling now.
Requiring responsibility from our kids will just put them in a bad mood, won’t it? Maybe temporarily, but so what? We’re looking for long-term results here. Giving kids responsibility before giving them carnal pleasures will build in them joy will eventually make everyone happy.
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