Written by TWFYT
Wednesday March 13

“Do not withhold discipline from a child.”  Pr 23:13 NIV

Here are some areas where parents are often confused. Discipline versus punishment. “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.” (Pr 22:25 AMPC). Notice God’s choice of words: “the rod of discipline” not the “rod of punishment.” Discipline and correction are about teaching and learning; punishment is about making a child suffer for their behavior. Children need discipline–not punishment, which is often administered by a frustrated and angry parent. “Do not withhold discipline from a child.” Withholding discipline prepares them for a life of failure and suffering. Discipline is focused on improving their behavior. It teaches right and wrong by giving consequences that directly relate to the child’s choices. It may take the form of being grounded or suspending privileges, but it should always be for the child’s benefit, never to inflict pain. Love versus indulgence. Our materialistic world confuses love with indulgence. Loving parents give without spoiling, withhold for the child’s good, and motivate them by rewarding good behavior. Indulgent parents give kids whatever they want, irrespective of behavior, thus failing to motivate them to be responsible. Spoiled kids develop a sense of entitlement and an expectation that others exist to please them. Indulgent parents are frequently guilt driven and afraid their kids won’t like or love them. They mistake indulgence for love, and breed children who demand, manipulate, and are never satisfied. Love requires talking, listening, understanding, laughing, sharing tough times, respecting and encouraging your kids with unconditional acceptance. Such love costs nothing but is worth everything.
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