Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to Raise a Jerk

Our church is embracing the Orange philospohy. To read more about it - go here. I am excited about this. To me, this is church. Coming together as children of God to lead each other toward Christ. This morning they posted a blog titled "How to Raise a Jerk". Thought I might repost it. Good stuff.

Here are a few ideas to help you effectively raise a jerk:
  • Protect them from the consequences of their own mistakes.
  • Make sure you do whatever they can do for themselves.
  • Keep them away from anyone who thinks differently than they do.
  • Try to give them everything they want.
  • Tell them over and over again you just want them to be happy.
  • Convince them that they are more special than other kids.
  • Always take their side when they get in trouble with their teacher at school.
  • Always take their side whenever they are in a conflict with a friend.
  • Keep insisting that they are the best player on the team.
  • Don’t give them consistent opportunities to help or serve other people.
  • Never require them to do chores.
  • Reinforce their prejudices about people from different cultures or backgrounds.
  • Make your relationship with them more important than your relationship with your spouse.
  • Rarely express genuine gratitude to those who help you.
  • Teach them to talk more than they listen.
  • Never let them hear you say “I was wrong. I am sorry.”
Maybe you can add a few ideas of your own… on how to raise a jerk.


The Penter Family said...

I really like this! I have really been trying to think of some chores Colton can have... right now it's pretty much just putting his dirty clothes in the hamper.

{Amanda} said...

Agree with Martina on chores- the list really puts things into perspective. I also think there's been a generational trend moving away from the "entitlement parenting". Thank goodness!

Wish we could have made it this past weekend- I saw your post, but it was too late. So glad y'all were able to make it & bring some take-aways too to share =)