It Won’t Kill Them, Or You!
Posted: Thursday, September 15
Verse of the day:
Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. (Proverbs 23:13-14)
I don’t think anyone enjoys discipline or punishment. Not the giver or the receiver—although I would much rather be on the giving end than receiving. It hurts and is unpleasant to receive punishment and it hurts to give it. I am beginning to understand the parenting quote “This is going to hurt me more than its going to hurt you.” With my daughter becoming more mobile and increasingly discovering that she has her own desires and feelings, I’ve discovered that discipline is a part of our daily interaction. At this point it is mostly just me saying “no” and removing her from whatever she may be doing but even though this form of discipline is pretty mild she knows that she does not like it. She will whine, or maybe even yell or cry, she will let me know she doesn’t like it. And as a parent it hurts me to see her upset. I get no joy from it.
However, what would happen if I didn’t discipline her? Recently, she would have been injured by a plate hitting her in the head from pulling on a table cloth, and would have ingested a loose piece of old drywall, which I can’t imagine is a good thing for a 1 year old. We discipline our children in order to save & protect them. We see behaviors or attitudes that can lead to trouble and so we try to curb the danger early on. If we don’t the hazards that are down the road can be more dangerous and damaging than we could predict. Discipline is uncomfortable and painful for everyone involved but like the verse says it “may well save them from death.”