What are You Teaching Your Child?

Debbi Goolsby 

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he love, as a father the son he delights in.”  Proverbs 3:11-12

A mom was sharing with me how frustrated she was with her son. He was testing her authority as he was choosing to rearrange her food pantry; doing the very thing she had told him not to do. As she shared her story, I asked her what the consequence was for her son’s neglect of the rules. She looked at me with a very puzzled look. She hadn’t even given a thought about consequences, she just got angry at him. I suggested a simple way of giving her son consequences which teach values and builds character by directing him to put everything back where it belonged, not where he wanted everything to be. This would surely take time away from an activity he was really looking forward to doing; but until it was done, nothing else would take place. Sometimes we need to let go of our frustration and figure out a way to teach our children through different forms of loving discipline, not reacting in anger.

When was the last time you got frustrated with your child because he or she disrespected the rules at home? Yesterday? Just a few minutes ago? Ok, you are no different than the rest of us. But did you take time to really think of what would be the best way to respond? Is there a way you could give your child a teaching consequence? Take time to pray each morning for those “moments” so that you are ready when they come. (and they will come!) When God disciplines me, it’s tough, but I know my Father loves me. I feel it!

“…….My son, do not take light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he love, and he punished everyone he accepts as a son.”
Hebrews 12:5-6

Father, thank You for Your Word.  It gives us direction as we raise up our children to love You. We want to know Your will. Help us to be obedient to Your Word and to follow You with a pure heart.

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