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September 9, 2012
September 22, 2012
Shabbat Parashat: Ki Tetzeh
Candle Lighting: 7:02pm
Shabbat Ends: 7:53pm
One Message With One Voice
“If a man will have a wayward and rebellious son, who does not listen to the voice of his father and the voice of his motherâ€¦” (21:18)
Three of the essential ingredients in raising happy, well-integrated children are "The Three F’s" – Firm, Fair and Friendly.
Firm: Children need to know where they stand. They like nothing more than clearly defined limits. A parent who makes a demand and then backs down gives a child a sense of insecurity, for the child never knows exactly where the boundary is. Children push the limits precisely because they wish to know that there are limits. When we are firm, we give our children a defined world in which they can establish their relationship to the world at large rather than a vast expanse of frighteningly unknown possibilities. Of course, as parents we should therefore limit our demands to those things over which we are prepared not to back down. We must choose our battlefields wisely.
Fair: A child has a sense of what’s fair and what’s not. True, children are somewhat biased in their view of what fair consists of, but they are the first to recognize uneven-handed treatment. As parents, we must be unstinting in guarding against any kind of favoritism, either to siblings or to our own agendas.
Friendly: The correct proportion of positive interaction to negative interaction should be 80/20. In other words, every interaction that requires disciplinary words or action should be balanced by four times as many positive and loving experiences. In addition, however exasperating children can be, it’s always more effective to oblige them in a friendly manner. When they need correction, it should be done in a friendly tone of voice. Shouting certainly makes one feel better, but it’s nearly always counterproductive in the long run. It shows weakness and insecurity.
Apart from The Three F’s, there’s a fourth ingredient that is equally as important.
Consistency is necessary not just in the behavior of each parent, but between the parents themselves. We learn this message from this weeks Torah portion:
If a man will have a wayward and rebellious son, who does not listen to the voice of his father and the voice of his motherâ€¦
A child is considered to be in the halachic category ofwayward and rebellious onlyif he does not listen to the voice of his father and his mother. Among other things we learn from this verse is that both the father and the mother must have similar voices. The deeper meaning of both the parents having similar voices is that they must both speak with one voice, that they should not contradict one another in what is expected both of themselves and the child. The message that is broadcast in the home must be consistent, for without this keystone in child-rearing the child cannot be considered at fault.
- Sources: based on Rabbi Noach Orlowek
Rabbi M. Weiss Rabbi Y. Sakhai
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