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[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the weekend of July 27-29 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You," heard internationally over more than 800 stations. This is one of the weekly programs produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston 15, Massachusetts.]
RADIO PROGRAM No. 17 - "Train up a child"
HOST: Every parent wants a happy home. There's no debate about that. Every child needs training in obedience and self-control. That's pretty much agreed these days too. But what many parents ask is this: Is it really possible to demand strict obedience and self-control and at the same time maintain a happy home? What parent hasn't found himself perplexed by the kind of behavior that Art Linkletter describes in his recent book entitled "Kids Still Say the Darndest Things!" (Copyright 1961, Bernard Geis Associates, distributed by Random House.) He says:
"What makes an otherwise wonderful, lovable kid turn into a schemer and plotter of sweet revenge when he thinks of his sister? What transforms a charming and adorable young lady into an avenging harpie who swoops down on her younger brother and clobbers him every chance she gets?" The author goes on: "Parents may despair over all the battling, but kids just accept it as an everyday fact of life. Here is a perfectly honest reaction of a nine-year-old to the question: 'What's your family like?'
" 'It's just a normal family. My big brother thinks he's king of the world, my big sister blames everything that goes wrong on me, and my little brother ... ' "
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