Summer is a terrific time to read Proverbs and work on character training.  I love that God gave us His Word to guide us in raising our kids.  Throughout the years reading and memorizing Proverbs have held us in good stead.  This is another old post but a good reminder for us all.


I have been reading Ted Tripp’s new book, “Instructing a Child’s Heart”. My poor children, I read a book and then they have new training. It’s a wonder they don’t sit down and cry each time they see me with a new parenting book. Anyway, Mr. Tripp was writing about the difference between wisdom and foolishness. He mentioned a verse in Proverbs which started me off on a hunt in Proverbs. I decided that I would read a different verse to the kids each morning to help remind them that they have a choice in how they respond to instruction – with wisdom or with foolishness. I challenged them to think about what they would rather be known by, their wisdom or their foolishness. I told them that I would use those words when I saw either behavior in them.

So far we have read,

Proverbs 1:77 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 9:7He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
We did have a brief talk about who they took instruction from and that we need to be wise in those decisions as well, but that they have a choice in taking instruction to heart whether in school or in everyday life. Our children can choose to be fools or to be wise boys and girls – oh and that appropriate consequences follow each decision.  Caileigh does NOT like to be told that she is making foolish decisions so she made much better choices yesterday! I don’t think the boys like it either but they weren’t near as vocal about it.

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4 comments on “Wisdom and Foolishness”

  1. I’m reading a parenting book now too, its called,”Have a New Kid by Friday.” It has some good ideas but not really any scripturally based ideas. I like the idea of reading Proverbs each day.

    I was wondering if you could send me an e-mail at

    jenferleigh at yahoo dot com

    I looked for a place to send you an e-mail but didn’t see one. I have a question.

    Thanks 🙂

    Jenileigh

  2. The timing is just too perfect for me to come across this post which I consider to be no coincidence! I recently read 1 Cor 13 with my daughter and we discussed how love does not demand its own way. We will be reading these verses from Proverbs as well! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hi Dawn, I saw you at a conference in May and sat in on 10 Practical Things Every Homeschooler Should Know. I remember you talking about the baskets you do for your kids on the first day of school. Could you remind me of the types of things you put in them? You can also contact me at johnandbrookewright @hotmaildotcom

  4. Hi Dawn, I saw you at a conference in May and sat in on 10 Practical Things Every Homeschooler Should Know. I remember you talking about the baskets you do for your kids on the first day of school. Could you remind me of the types of things you put in them? You can also contact me at johnandbrookewright @hotmaildotcom

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