“Ritaling” Parents of Drug Dependence

Here is some British Common Sense talked about in the following US News and World Report article: Skip the Ritalin and Treat Parents Instead. Parents in America, even many Christian parents, have put more faith in the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals than in the effectiveness of Scriptural obedience.

Of course, the best Parenting advice comes from the Scriptures which leaves very little to no room for psychologically medicating children.


  • “Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.” Proverbs 23:13-14
  • “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15
  • “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
  • He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Proverbs 13:24

This last verse gets to the essence of the problem. We as parents end up loving ourselves more than we love our children when we refuse to discipline them and either:

  • Raise Delinquents by letting them run wild,
  • Relinquish our responsibility to Day Care by choosing someone else to parent them, or
  • Rely on Drugs by medicating the personality (which needs directed) out of them.

There is a helpful and straightforward book in our bookstore called Withhold Not Correction by Bruce Ray. If you need Scripture-saturated encouragement on this topic I would suggest you read it.


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