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Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:02:12 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Dare to Discipline
 by Stan Mitchell

I remember this conversation: Two parents were
discussing their son, who had just been arrested for
shop lifting. He was also in possession of drugs. They
were at their wits end.

"What can we do with him?" they asked.

A friend looked at them, and said something shocking,
and wise: "You can tell him no."

Worse things can happen to our kids than to be
disciplined. One of those worse things is for them to
not be disciplined!

"Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves
him is diligent to discipline him (Proverbs 13:24,
ESV).

No one should, under any circumstances, condone child
abuse. "Discipline," is a broad term, and the wise
parent will be creative in the methods he uses to
direct his children.

Having said that, take a look at society, and consider
its decay. Ponder its delinquency, its drug abuse and
violence.

Can we as a society afford not to listen to God's
advice on raising children? Can we really be so
arrogant that we ignore God's wisdom on raising
children who are whole, respectful and self
disciplined?

If we aren't humble enough to listen to the Lord, then
our children will humble us, instead. This sort of
hands on parenting is the missing ingredient in the
lives of many juvenile delinquents.

You can tell them "no."

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