Most Orthodox parents will, at some stage encounter problems with disobedient young children. Every child is different and a parent's approach needs to be tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of each child. However, the main duty of an Orthodox parents is not to control children but to raise children as conscientious Orthodox Christians. In order to do this, knowledge of the teachings of the Church and how these teachings relate to the raising of children is vital.
In this book we have tried to help parents improve their knowledge of both the Orthodox Faith and the psychology of young children. Throughout the text we have quoted extensively from the Fathers, and issues are discussed from a spiritual point of view. The techniques used to deal with and prevent bad behaviour are based on increasing both the child and the parent's knowledge of the Orthodox Faith. To this end, a large part of this book is devoted to helping parents develop an Orthodox theological vocabulary so they can explain more about the services of the Church and the Orthodox Faith to their children.
Author: The Fathers of Saint Edwardian Brotherhood