Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.
What does it mean to train?
To train is to instruct, coach, tutor, give lessons to, educate, drill, inculcate, indoctrinate, condition, put someone through their paces etc
The bible has given us the mandate as parents to be the trainers NOT the trainees…
As parents, it is our responsibility to DICTATE to our children what we require them to do. Negotiation shouldn’t be the order of the day especially for the very young ones.
A mother once wore her child an oversized shoe and
when I inquired, she said the 2yrs old CHILD/BABY insisted on wearing that particular shoe.
What would have been the consequence of insisting that she wore the right size of shoe? ANSWER: THE CHILD WOULD HAVE CRIED.
Crying wouldn’t have harmed her. On the contrary, constantly saying yes can be far more damaging than saying no. Overindulged children end up as entitled adults. Adults who can’t take NO.
As parents, you may give them EVERYTHING they want but will others give them everything?
Will society be as ‘nice’ as you?
How will they feel when they cannot get the beautiful house, car or spouse they desire?
The word “coach” brings to mind sports.
As parents, it is our responsibility to prepare our children for the race. Every sport has rules and so does life. If you break the rules you will face the consequences.
Teach them the golden rules of life; Do to others what you want them to do to you,
There is more blessing in giving than receiving,
Money can’t buy everything, Whatever you sow you will reap, If at first you don’t succeed, try again… and let them practice them while with you because just like every sports coach, you won’t be in the game. You will just watch from the bench.
Have you heard about “affluenza”?
Well, if you haven’t I’ll tell you about a teenager from a very affluent home who drank and drove and consequently killed four individuals while paralyzing another. According to his lawyers, Ethan Couch suffers from “affluenza”, a term which means that his wealthy parents pretty much let him get away with everything” And a judge thought it fair to regard his lack of training as a DISEASE. Well, for causing the death of four individuals and paralyzing another, Ethan got 10 years probation and he couldn’t even honor that obligation. Though it was a far more lenient punishment than it should have been.
His mother once again, decided that he didn’t deserve to be punished for his offense and she fled to Mexico with him.
Guess what?! The law will surely catch up with him one way or another, as his rich protective mother won’t be there all the time to get him out of trouble.
Every parent wants to give their kids the best of life which is cool but discipline equips them to thrive in this world. They are able to make decisions themselves and face challenges head on…
Indeed discipline, though it may seem unpleasant when received, will produce a
“harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”