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Christian Discipline Is

Christian discipline is...

  • Thanking God for your child.
  • Teaching your child to pray.
  • Teaching Jesus songs.
  • Telling your child about Jesus’ love.
  • Teaching your child how to be thankful for Jesus’ love.
  • Telling your child you love him or her.
  • Expecting your child to show God-pleasing behavior.
  • Teaching your child to obey and honor those in authority.
  • Setting and enforcing limits.
  • Being a good role model for your child.
  • “Catching your child being good” and letting your child know you are pleased.
  • Teaching your child to be kind to others.
  • Giving your time to your child.
  • Expecting your child to do chores.
  • Talking with your child in a loving way.
  • Setting and following through on consequences for wrong behavior.
  • Being consistent and firm, but not inflexible, with rules.
  • Helping your child memorize important Scripture passages.
  • Asking God to protect and bless your child.
  • Talking about Jesus in daily conversation.
  • Telling your child what you expect of him or her.
  • Continuing to pray for your child, even when he or she no longer lives at home.

The key to Christian discipline is found in the words of Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

From Patient Parenting, by John Juern. © 2006 Northwestern Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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