There is no fun way to discipline. I hate it! But I hate more the knowledge of what kind of discord and chaos can exist in our home, now and in 10, 20 years, if we don’t discipline. Discipline is not only necessary, it is good.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of
righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Imagine how the entire world would be if there was no discipline, no consequence to our actions. Oh wait…nevermind.
This isn’t going to be a suggestion of the methods of parenting, spanking versus not spanking, time outs or no time outs. Every parents needs to make the choices that work best for not only them, but ultimately for their children too.
Discipline isn’t just about addressing behavioral issues or undesirable actions, it’s about reaching our children’s hearts in every moment. Every single thing we do in our day is teaching our children discipline. Discipline of mind, of heart, of attitude.
I once read something that said that we shouldn’t expect good behavior from an exhausted child, but that seems to be when the behavior starts up the most and we expect the most. If we start with little things, and give the chance to be obedient in tasks we KNOW they will obey, then the path is set, and true discipline can begin.
Discipline will keep us constantly busy, but it is one of the BIGGEST blessing we can give our children.
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