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Psychology tends to affect biology. More and more scientific studies are affirming and confirming the commonsense proverbs and the Christian way of life found in the pages of the Bible. Solomon said: “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22 Proverbs 17:22A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
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). And the apostle Paul advises: “… Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 Ephesians 6:4And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
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).

Behavioral pediatrician David Schonfeld of the Yale Child Study Center declared that “angry kids are often in a high-stress ‘fight or flight’ mode because they think people are out to get them.” Frankly, many are taught to be angry by parental example.

On the positive side, teaching children how to manage their anger and resolve disputes by reason and diplomacy may well lengthen their lives. This is accomplished both by example and patient biblical instruction. Those who may want to follow up on this theme should request our free booklet Making Life Work. (Source: USA Today .)

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