Helping Children Evaluate Themselves

Proverbs 9 will help our children evaluate themselves, "Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning" (Prov. 9:7–9). We used this passage to help our children evaluate their responses to parental authority. I would draw a stick figure of myself. I would ask, "What four words in this passage describe the communication of the parent?" They would search the passage and discover these four words, "Correct, rebuke, instruct, and teach."

"Wonderful! You guys are so smart. This next question will be really hard, but I think you can do it. The passage describes two different people responding to correction, rebuke, instruction, and teaching and it gives two names for each one. Can you find the names in the passage?"

They would look and look and maybe even need some hints, but eventually they would say, "One is a mocker or a wicked man and the other is a wise man or a righteous man."

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