Session 3.2

Session 3: Applying Discipline

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

Psalm 127:3-5

Do good parents spank their kids?

Should you be spanking your child? Are there right and wrong ways to spank?

Experts weigh in.

Take Aim Questions

Take some time to journal and process the questions below, they’ll help you apply parenting principles that will set you up for success.

Do you apologize to your kids when you do wrong?

Describe a time you apologized (or should have) to your child.

What is the most effective form of discipline you’ve used with your kids?

Does your discipline style reflect that you are aiming to be your child’s friend or their parent? In what ways?

Sometimes God uses our kids to help us grow. In what ways has being a parent helped you grow?

The Need To Know

Points on paddling.

  •   Not all parents should spank. Consider well your own background, what makes you hesitate, and particular family situations (e.g. adoption and stepparenting).
  •   Don’t spank out of anger or a lack of self-control. No marks should be left.
  •   Spanking may be appropriate once your child demonstrates willful defiance.
  •   Explain the offense, helping them understand. After administering discipline, demonstrate love and restoration/forgiveness in the relationship, perhaps praying with them.