Session 3.3

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

Discipline is a little like a tennis shoe.

Failing to tie the shoe means the lack of structure leaves you unprotected. (Life gets more demanding, and things start flying off.)

Lace the shoe, and you’ve got freedom to run where life takes you.

How can you provide just the right structure to protect and empower your kids?

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.

Take a moment and mentally “brag” on your children. Reflect on what you’ve seen them doing right lately.

What boundaries have you set for your children? What boundaries do you need to set?

Do you back away from disciplining your child when they experience discomfort?

The Need To Know

Your discipline toolbox.

  •   Catching kids doing right is a great form of discipline.
  •   Just telling your children what not to do will not be effective. Your child needs consequences.
  •   Discipline should sting in a way particular to the child. Losing privileges, time outs, gaining extra chores, grounding, etc. can be effective.
  •   Teach your children the art of the “respectful plea”, to let your kids know they can approach you if they think you’ve made an error.
  •   Pray that your children will be caught in their sin.