Thursday, December 04, 2008


From TODAY, Voices

Monday December 1, 2008


By Dr James Dobson


Most parents wouldn’t put up with sarcasm from their kids. But do we hold ourselves to the same standard?


A sarcastic sense of humour may seem funny to many adults, but kids aren’t always able to distinguish a joke from an insult. Parents who tease their kids could be doing irreparable harm – often without realising it.


Imagine a boy coming home with a report card of straight As. One father may say, “Great job, Jim. You’re a bright boy.” And the words would make a lasting impact on his son.


But another father may try to be funny, and say something like: “Wow, Jim, you’re not as dumb as I thought.” He knows it’s a joke, and so does his son, but does he really see it as a compliment?


Sarcasm may have its place, but not in the home.


The world is tough enough. What kids need is a place where they’re praised and accepted – all joking aside.


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