Read: Proverbs 29
Key Verse: “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” Proverbs 29:17
Two mistakes parents make are either being excessively harsh or being way too lenient. These extremes can undermine a child’s character. The danger of not having any discipline in the home is that the child begins to think he can just do whatever he wants in life. Where there are no limits or consequences (parents rationalize it by saying they just want it to be fun or deep down they are simply afraid of the child), immaturity results, self-centeredness prevails, and a haughty sense of entitlement can be very evident.
Children actually want to have healthy morals, justice, accountability, God’s standards, and clear loving consistent direction at home. They might not describe it like that, but their soul longs for it. Do not let your child be the king of the house, it is unhealthy for everyone. Jesus is the king, you are the leader, and your child is to be respectful. Everyone in the house will have peace when these God-given roles are honored.
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