No one likes to be disciplined.
Discipline tends to bring negative thoughts to mind for many people.
Some of us think about how we were raised and see how our parents treated us as the definition of discipline.
While others who maybe never experienced much discipline are uneasy with the thought.
The truth is, we all need discipline. We need our poor behavior to be corrected so that we do not make the same mistake again.
As a mom, when I see my kids disobey or choose poor behavior, then out of my love for them, I must teach them what is best for them.
Our best example of the perfect parent is our heavenly Father. He is a God of love and everything he says and does is out of his love for us.
Proverbs 3 says that the Lord loves those he disciplines.
As a parent, I want to influence my children to be the best people they can be. Part of that responsibility is to correct poor behavior and bad choices.
I have found depending upon the offence, depends upon the best disciplinary action.
As parents, Brian and I have discovered that we must be creative with our discipline so that our children understand there are different consequences for depending upon the actions.
For example, when our children were younger they went through a phase where they were constantly calling each other names or being mean to each other.
To help them understand the impact of their words and actions, I wanted to counter rudeness with kindness.
I had the kids each take a piece of paper and write down a list of acts of kindness they would like the other one to do for them.
I then took the slips of paper, folded them up and put them in their respective containers.
When my son insulted my daughter, he then had to pull out a slip of paper from her container and do the act of kindness she had written. And vice-versa.
This worked wonders! They were doing each other’s chores, playing a game the other one wanted, and so on.
This is just one example that we have tried with our kids. I believe as a parent, I must seek the wisdom of the Creator in order to be creative.
This is true in all aspects of life, even when it comes to discipline.
So, I would like to ask you this question, “What creative ways have you found in disciplining your children out of love?” Share in the comments below.