Day 170: Don’t Reward Temper Tantrums

Proverbs 19:19

Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse.


If you reward temper tantrums, you will have to do it repeatedly.

We’ve all seen the emotional outbreak of a child in the checkout line – screaming and kicking about – only to see the embarrassed parent appease the brattish behavior with a toy or candy. Now that child knows exactly how to behave to get their way.

Unfortunately, those children grow into adults who continue to throw temper tantrums to get their way in life. In a marriage, a wife pouts to manipulate her husband; when he gives in to her manipulation, she will soon use it again and again. On the job, the young and immature boss throws his tantrums to get his way – always on edge – on the tipping point of another embarrassing childish behavior. Rather than instruction and inspiration, this kind of immaturity uses intimidating tactics.

My wife and I had an agreement about this kind of behavior in our children, and it was simple – we do not reward emotional outbreaks of immaturity or bad behavior.

My goal was to teach my children that it is much better to live under my blessing than life outside it.


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