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How To Raise A Brat! by Pastor Art Kohl

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How To Raise A Brat! by Pastor Art Kohl

It's not hard for me to write this article. So many today have been
successful at raising brats. All I have to do is observe and record.
Here's some of the finest advice you'll ever receive:

1. WHEN A BABY, DON'T LET HIM CRY IN BED Do not allow YOUR baby to suffer
any hardships, especially in infancy. Run to his aid as soon as he cries.
He'll soon know how to control you, rather than you controlling him. This
way, they'll expect to be pampered all of their lives.

2. LET HIM SAY "NO" It's so cute. Let that be his favorite word. Sure,
it's rebellion verbalized, but he should be allowed to have a mind of his

they'll think this world owes them a living. They'll quickly join the
crowd of grown up babies shouting, "I've got my rights," rather than
those who are men and women enough to fulfill their responsibilities.

4. NEVER SPANK THEM When the senior citizens today speak of spanking as
being "the way we used to do it," remember, grandma and grandpa were
"child abusers." Don't ever discipline your child. Wait till they're in
trouble, and let the penal system (prisons and jails) discipline them.
Listen to Dr. Spock (who never raised a child in his life) and the other
child psychologists, not the old timers who raised 5 or 10 children

Throw out the Bible and its admonitions like: "He that spareth his rod
hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (early in
life)" Proverbs 13:24. "The rod AND reproof (teaching that exposes wrong)
give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame,"
Proverbs 29:15. You can only develop a true brat if you won't properly
discipline them.

5. DEFEND THEM IN SCHOOL Always take the child's side. Teachers and
principals have got it "in" for the little angel. Understand that your
child can do no wrong. Expect teachers and principals to know that too!

6. CRITICIZE LEADERS AND PREACHERS You can't trust them. Tear down
authority in front of them. Make sure they hear you. They'll live in
insecurity not knowing who to trust. They will be totally prepared for a
life of rebellion. They will not learn to properly fear anyone and will
probably lose their jobs when the boss asks them to do something. Don't
tell them that 99% of those in leadership positions are good people who
are sincere and have never been indicted for anything. Leave them with
the impression that they are all bad.

7. DON'T EVER SAY "I LOVE YOU" They can figure that out! After all,
you've given them everything they've ever wanted. What more can a parent
do (of course, don't give them yourself!)

8. GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY WANT Buy something for them every time you
go into a store. Never say "no" to them. When properly trained this way,
they will be used to having every appetite of theirs fulfilled
immediately. When they grow older and develop natural sexual appetites,
they will have been trained by you to seek immediate fulfillment. Teen
pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases shouldn't really surprise the
parent then. Sooo... give them everything they ask for while they are

9. NEVER TEACH THEM THE BIBLE Teach them math, science, history, art,
music, reading, physical education, sex education, etc. but don't teach
them the Bible. Let them decide for themselves. Make them go to school 5
days a week for all day, but don't take them to church for 1 hour on

10. ALWAYS TRUST YOUR CHILD He's a little angel. He wouldn't dare do
anything behind your back. Did you ever ask a young person whom you catch
smoking, "Do you smoke at home?" Usually the answer is, "You've got to be
kidding my parents would kill me." Remember, that's the other kids in
town, yours would never do that.

11. SCREAM AT YOUR CHILDREN This is the only type of communication
necessary to raise a brat. Time spent answering their questions and
instructing them is wasted time. The only training really required of
parents is potty-training. After that, it is the obligation of day cares
preschools and schools. Scream constantly, and the fond memories your
children have of home life will assure you as a parent that your kids
will never take care of you when you're old.

12. LET YOUR CHILD COME AND GO AS THEY WILL Don't set any boundaries.
This will lead to a life of insecurity. Brats don't need guidelines.

13. MAKE SURE THEY ARE POPULAR They must be in with the crowd, their
peers! Don't let them be an oddball. If they follow the crowd, the crowd
will become the greatest influence in their lives. Nothing to fear there,

14. LET THEM WATCH TV CONSTANTLY Keep them away from reality. Let them
live in fantasy all of their lives. Brats need entertainment! A life of
comfort and ease produces high-class brats. They won't know how to deal
with reality or real people, but maybe they'll just go into seclusion
rather than becoming contentious or hostile. It's usually one or the

CONCLUSION Brats are produced, not born. It takes effort to obey the
above principals. Parents should prepare themselves for a life of
heartbreak for it is sure to come.

If by any chance a "brat" is not your goal as a parent to raise your
children to become, consider the Scriptures:

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will
not depart from it," Proverbs 22:6.
"Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight
unto thy soul," Proverbs 29:17.
Joshua said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," Joshua
Mom and Dad, isn't it time for you to make your decision to ask Jesus
Christ to be your Savior? That's where real help starts. Ask the Lord to
come into your life and heart and save you from your sins and give you
eternal life.

Then, bring up your children right. Ephesians 6:4 says, "And ye fathers,
provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord." Get into the Bible and find out what God has to
say about parenting and do it! Then you will have children that will give
rest and delight unto thy soul!


Pastor Mike Walls
Isaiah 41:10
Freedom Baptist Church Smithfield NC