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Parent Minute

How do you get your child to plead guilty?

Posted on 2/25/2016 by Greg Yoder

Do you have a child who won’t admit they’re wrong? Discipline can be tough. They HAVE to admit they’re guilty first. Suggestion: don’t ask, “Did you hit your sister?” It’s too tempting for them to lie. Ask, “What did you do?” If they avoid answering, refocus and ask again. If they still refuse to answer, discipline is in order. But, if they fess up and confess, ask them, “Was that right?” Generally, it gets to them and produces true remorse, or, at least, they recognize they were wrong. This is a great way to teach them about sin and our need for a Savior. Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (ESV).

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Suggested Reading: Romans 6:23

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