Train Your Children (Small Change #11)

Life used to be simpler. When Javi came into our lives, I honestly did not know what hit me. It probably brought the best in me, but it also unleashed my worst traits. Never had I prayed so hard for patience, strength, wisdom, energy, creativity and grace. To think I only have one child!

I chose to take care of our son on my own, without the help of a yaya/nanny. I am a stay-at-home-mother. And everyone will surely agree with me that it is the most difficult job. Jed works long hours so it is usually me and the little boy 24/7. And that is enough to drive me insane.

We are at this stage where the little boy has started to become a handful. He is almost a year and a half. Pretty soon we will be saying hello to world of "terrible twos." Then the voice of Joel Osteen would keep on playing in my head over and over, how he doesn't believe in "terrible twos" and how he sees them as "terrific twos."

Small Changes for a Better Life book has ten keys to confident child-raising. I will share the first four keys while the rest will be shared in the next small changes.

1. Teach your children.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
- Proverbs 1:8 NIV
My favorite pastor, Rick Warren, has some wise words about teaching your children.

Raising kids with strong character requires doing less FOR them and teaching them to do more for themselves.

2. Train your children.

Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it.

- Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

3. Instruct them.

A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

- Proverbs 10:1 NIV

4. Correct him. (And the Book of Proverbs has a number a passages on this.)

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

- Proverbs 13:24 NIV

Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.

- Proverbs 19:18 NIV

because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in

- Proverbs 3:12 NIV

Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

- Proverbs 23:13 NIV

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

- Proverbs 22:15 NKJV

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

- Proverbs 29:15 NIV

The Bible is pretty clear on disciplining as children are born with a sinful nature. Parents are to correct it.

The book of Harold J. Sala, Train Up A Child and Be Glad You Did is an excellent parenting resource. The book was a gift to us. It is very easy to read and would not require much reading time.

A friend recently gave me a copy of Shepherding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. I had been looking for this book for years as my friends kept on telling me that this is an excellent parenting book. It is always out of stock in any OMF bookstores. I am currently on chapter three and so far have learned so much.

Up next, Love Your Children.

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