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Disciplining Children

By H.W. Bass

The issue of disciplining children is something that makes a lot of waves in the media. Whether someone has one child or ten, they have to make sure that they are disciplining their children in a way that is going to lead them to live a productive life in the future. Children are not going to be perfect when they are growing up, but they can be treated in a way that will help them to learn how to live.

The Christian perspective on this comes right from the Bible. Parents are expected to teach their children the way that they should live their life. However, some parents send their kids to school and expect the school to parent their kids. They send their kids to play sports and expect the coach to parent their kid, or they pay for music lessons and expect the musician to parent their child.

The thing for parents to do is to make sure that they set a foundation for discipline at home. Yes, they should be disciplined by their parents to make sure that their behavior improves. However, children should also have a foundation set for mental discipline at home. Whether the kid likes to read, draw, practice an instrument or do any kind of academic pursuit. When the child has mental discipline, they will be able to get through life more effectively. When the child is not about to have any kind of mental discipline, their behavior could be perfect but their life will be difficult because they cannot focus.

Christian parents need to discipline their kids, but they must also teach their kids mental discipline as Solomon and David had (for the most part) because mental discipline can change their life in ways that are incredible. It doesn’t just help teachers and parents. Discipline helps the kids.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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