Friday, May 22nd, 2009
"The one holding back his rod is hating his son, but the one loving him is he that does look for him with discipline." (Proverbs 13:24)
*side note* -In Israelite times, a shepherd would use his rod to gently nudge & guide his sheep in the right direction...not hit or beat them with his rod in an abusive or harsh manner.
Children raised without consistent discipline are likely to be self-centered and unhappy. In contrast, the children of parents who are sympathetic but maintain firm limits were found to perform better at school, to have better social skills, and to be generally happy. Certainly, then, parents who discipline their children are being kind to them. What is involved in disciplining children in a kind and loving manner? Parents need to discuss with their children exactly what is required of them. For example, from infancy, children of Christian parents are taught fundamental Bible principles as well as the need to participate in the various aspects of true worship. (Exodus 20:12-17; Matthew 22:37-40; 28:19; Hebrews 10:24, 25) Children need to know that these requirements are nonnegotiable.
(Watchtower issue: 09/01/07, 1:8, 9)