We’ve all witnessed the little brat in the grocery store slapping his mother because he wants to eat the ice-cream right then and there. We’ve all had some sort of experience with a kid who’s outright rebellious and likes it. If you are a parent of a child who’s under 12 years of age, this one’s for you!
The most crucial time of development is within the ages between 0-5. It’s at that time where these little brains can be trained to be GREAT. They can learn multiple languages, acquire different artistic skills, they can even be trained to play an instrument. The difference between a child that’s highly advance and one that isn't is simply the training they receive. This training doesn't end with things intellectual, it taps into their character traits.
There are too many children and teenagers in America with identity issues. These identity issues come from insecurities and the natural youthful desire to rebel. This is why it’s so IMPERATIVE, for every Christian parent to raise good, Godly children. When you teach a child the way he or she should go (Proverbs 22:6), doubt is relieved. Insecurity issues will quickly dissipate when you train them on what the Word of God has to say. Well behaved kids don’t just happen folks! A parent must be diligent.
Diligence is an ugly word. I can attest to what I’m saying because there are certain things my daughter had done that were wrong but I was too lazy to correct at the time. When the issue rose up again, (which will most certainly happen) I had to give her a warning. When it happened a third time, I had to spank her bottom (Yes, I said spank). I could have corrected the issue immediately, but because I wasn't diligent the issue continued for longer than it should have.
The Bible says in Proverbs 23:13-14, “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol (Hell).” Spanking your child will not only NOT kill them, it saves them from hell. Why? Because you train them to understand that there are physical consequences for rebellion.
When it’s time to sit, make them sit. When it’s time to be quiet, make them be quiet. When it’s time to brush their teeth, make them do it! I know these things may sound menial but they aren’t! It takes a lot and I mean A LOT of effort to train them in the way they should go BUT it will most definitely be worth it.
Camila was a year old when I first saw the look of defiance in her sweet little face. I told her to not touch a picture frame and she grabbed it, looked back at me and threw it on the floor. After turning my face to chuckle, I gave her the first “pow pow” on her diapered butt. Hebrews 12:11 says, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.’’ Remember that the next time you see your child doing something they shouldn’t or behaving badly.
Peaceful fruit of righteousness belongs to those who will discipline and train their children “diligently and appropriately [with wisdom and love]”. It’s not too late! Resist the urge to look away. Train your kids to love God’s Word and His house! If you do it now, you can rest easy later.