The Bible says that if you love your kids, you will discipline them. It can't be optional.
Parenting Principle #2: Discipline is not optional. God is clear that discipline is a part of effective parenting. Kids need correction and parents have the responsibility to do the correcting. Proverbs 13:24
Discipline is about directing your kids on the right path. Your kids will learn what’s right and wrong based on the consequences for their actions. Proverbs 22:6
Discipline turns your child’s heart toward God. As they want to please and honor you, they will recognize the greater importance of honoring God. Hebrews 12:11
The 3 C’s of discipline:
Clear: establish clear rules and expectations and the consequences for each.
Consistent: follow through every time a rule is broken.
Corrective: consequences should deter them from making the same mistake again.
Initial reactions to this topic? What jumped out at you?
What messages have you heard regarding discipline in our culture? Do you tend to agree or disagree?
Read Proverbs 13:24. How have you seen discipline as an effective tool with your kids up to now? If done correctly, why can discipline communicate love to your kids?
Read Proverbs 22:15. What are some of the foolish things you see in your kids right now? How can discipline help to correct those?
Read Hebrews 12:11. What can happen if you don’t discipline your kids? How can you encourage a heart of obedience in your kids?
Talk about the 3 C’s of discipline. Why is it important to be clear with your rules and expectations? What rules do you need to make clearer to your kids? What happens if your are inconsistent in your discipline? What consequences are most effective with each of your kids?
Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?