Kids: How Not to Be a Cynical Jerk Toward Your Parents Forever

You may think I’ve been ragging on parents lately. That’s totally unfair. All I’ve done is write three consecutive posts (here, here, and here) detailing every single thing that parents can do wrong. Why so sensitive?

But seriously. I don’t mean to blame parents. For many evangelical cynics, their cynicism is more about their their own attitude than their parents’ mistakes.

That’s how it was for me. My parents weren’t ultimately responsible for my cynicism–I was.

Regardless, dealing with parents can be stressful. It’s even worse when you’re struggling with cynicism and doubt. So here’s my advice to kids when their parents are driving them crazy and they want to be cynical.

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Things Parents Should NOT Do to Keep Their Kids from Becoming Cynics: Part 1

In my last post, I argued that some people become cynical jerks to stick it to their parents. Because I’m assuming most evangelical parents would prefer their kids not become cynical jerks, I have six pieces of can’t-fail advice which I just made up.

But first, one giant caveat–I’m not blaming all parents for their children’s cynicism. Some kids (like me) have great parents and still turn cynical. But if your kid does become a cynic, these things should help get through the process more easily.

Now to the fun stuff. Here are the first three suggestions:

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