All parents have felt the heart truly ache, AND THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE RISE over their child's behavior.
When a child is born, great hope is also born to the parent. Mom and Dad dream dreams for their little bundle of joy. Before he is three however, some parents are already fearing that jail is in the future for their difficult toddler, and they may not be far off in their assertion. Disobedience, sneakiness, and outright defiance of authority has already taken the stage.
"No," "Mine," and the famous bloody scream express the child's discontent with not being in charge of his life. The good parent better not lose heart over these toddler crimes,but enforce the law. And make no mistake, they are crimes, which, left unchecked, will certainly mature into misdemeanors and felonies.
A number of years ago The Minneapolis Crime Commission, after doing research on prison inmates and their families, made the assertion that every child, if left to himself would end up a criminal and his address would be on in prison.
Pick a day, any day, and walk through Targets or Kohl's, and you will see the miniature criminals in training for their careers as they kick and punch, scream and shout, break loose, and run from those in charge. They do not say "Give me all your money, or your dead," but rather "Get me what I want or I'll torment you, and drive you crazy." Unfortunately, we've all heard children say to their parents "I hate you," but not all parents respond the same. Believe it or not, some buy the criminal a toy as they fear the little monster's threats. Thankfully, some uphold the law, and teach that 30lb troublemaker that crime doesn't pay.
Once the child has learned to obey the law, which is for his good, then peace happiness, and contentment are present for both the parent and the child.
The bible states "Because the sentence against an evil deed is not quickly carried out, the heart of the child of man is fully set and filled with schemes to do evil."(Ecclesiastes)
These are just some thoughts that parents would do well to consider...and even then, there are no promises, but the odds are far better.
One final thought you as a parent ought to consider. In Proverbs 13:24 God, in love for us and our children said "He that spares the rod hates his son,". Consider that if you do "spare the rod", then later on the law and court, fellow prisoners, and finally the Judge of all the earth, will not spare it.
Your greatest preparation is to teach your child that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."(Proverbs 1:7)
PARENTS, LOVE YOUR CHILDREN WITH LOVE THAT CARES ENOUGH TO SAVE THEM FROM DESTRUCTION.