Set the Limits
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. Hebrews 12:11
The word discipline inevitably raises opinions, questions, and general confusion among parents across the board. We know that children need discipline, but we have a sense of uncertainty that is rooted in a misunderstanding of what exactly discipline is.
The goal of discipline, set forth in the Bible, is to mold and shape our children according to their unique talents and abilities in order to maximize the nature and character of God. And to successfully raise our children with godly discipline we must be consistent.
Remember, God disciplines us not to punish us but to improve us. The same is true for our children. And consistency is the key.
Children beg for boundaries and lines. And they will push the limits in order to find those lines. But if your children don’t ever see the lines, if they don’t learn that there are consequences for misbehaving, they will continue to jump over the edge and ledge of what is acceptable.
Too many parents draw lines in the sand only to erase them when they are challenged. What was acceptable yesterday is not today. Don’t do that. Set the limits in your household and stick consistently to them. Because then you will produce a "harvest of righteousness and peace" that your children can rely on throughout their lives.