Recently I have been trying to figure out the best way to discipline my 1.5 year old. He is a sweetie but boy does he have a strong will. He loves to kick mommy on the changing table. He loves to push my buttons and put his fingers on stuff he knows he he is not supposed to, and you can really tell when he’s crabby because he will test just about everything he knows that he is not supposed to do. Though it is difficult now I do want to bring him up knowing God’s heart in discipline. I want him to grow knowing why our best response is always responding with a good heart towards God. So here’s the recent sheet I put together to hang on our fridge.
Full Circle Discipline
1. Ask why the Problem happened.
2. Ask What behavior needs to change (What was the wrong behavior?)
3. Ask what right behavior needs to replace it?
4. Ask what response area would glorify God?
Honor Mommy and Daddy
“Honor your father and mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12
“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35
“Do not neglect to do good or share what you have for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who takes his city.” Proverbs 16:32
“Be angry and do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4: 26,27
“For all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.” 1 Corinthians 14:40
“You shall love your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might.” Duet 6:5
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are the love one another.” John 13:34
“A false witness will not go unpunished and he who breathes out lies will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 19:5
“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Investing in Eternal Things
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, be he who sows to the spirit will of the spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary of doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are in the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10
This approach is taken from Besty Corning you can find her bible study here.
We are going over her bible study at my mom’s class at church. It’s really great perspective on bringing up your children biblically. I know that much of this I won’t be able to use until my little guy is a bit older but it doesn’t hurt to start getting into the habit of trying to explain scripture to my little guy now!