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Daily Verse: “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” Prov. 29:15
Disciplining children teaches them boundaries and enjoyable behavior. As a coach, I find kids love to test the limits, and once they know them, our relationship becomes more fun.
One of my favorite students, who I’ve taught for years, still pushes the limits with me, always seeking new ways to test me. But I love our blossoming relationship. She used to come to class and would never smile; now, her face lights up when she walks on the court. We still spend our lessons arguing, but she trusts my boundaries and knows they come with only good intentions.
Kids don’t know unless we teach them. I can’t imagine the difficulties in raising children to become independent. Making children self-sufficient requires discipline and sacrifice. As always, I pray for parents as they navigate the stormy waters that come with children.
Following Jesus teaches us how to love others, not enable them, and help them become the best version of themselves. Applying Christ’s teachings helps us learn to navigate life’s storms. Live fully in the Son’s shadow.
Lord, as always, I pray for parents and children. Please guide and direct them to discipline their kids and experience enjoyable behavior. Strengthen family bonds with healthy boundaries and hearts dedicated to You. IJNIP. Amen