When a child requires discipline for their actions, where do you turn? As a parent, using wisdom in discipline is just as important as the punishment itself. How do you balance discipline with teachable moments for your child in order to offer them important life lessons they will take with them into adulthood?
Have you ever considered using the Bible as a tool for discipline? Wisdom tells us that this method can quickly put up a wall between our child and the word of God. As parents, let’s not be guilty of distancing our children from God’s love letter to them. However, there are wise and creative ways to utilize scripture to help your children grow; even when they exhibit bad behavior.
Redemption Through Scripture
At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, disciplinary measures are sometimes given to students as consequences for bad behavior. Wise parents never use the Bible as part of any direct discipline. Yet, we do offer students the option of writing verses pertinent to their crimes in lieu of whatever their consequence may have otherwise been. For instance, let’s say a student’s consequence for lying was that he lost his night out eating pizza with the guys. His option to write Bible verses, or paraphrasing a chapter that’s pertinent to lying, instead of missing pizza night, does two things. It not only teaches Junior Scriptural wisdom, but Scripture actually becomes his redeemer of sorts rather than the punishment itself.
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