PRACTICAL POINTS FOR PURPOSEFUL PARENTING
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1. RECOGNIZE THE UNIQUENESS OF EACH CHILD
Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.
(Proverbs 22:6 – AMP)
2. READILY ACCEPT THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY OF DISCIPLINE
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
(Proverbs 22:15 (TNIV)
3. REFUSE TO BE AN ENABLER FOR BAD BEHAVIOR
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame.
(Proverbs 29:15 – AMP)
4. REJECT THE FEAR OF NOT BEING LIKED BY YOUR KIDS IF YOU DISCIPLINE THEM
Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.
(Proverbs 29:17 – AMP)
5. REMEMBER THAT PARENTS AND KIDS ALIKE ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN LIVES
God’s Message to me: “What do you people mean by going around the country repeating the saying, The parents ate green apples, The children got the stomachache? “As sure as I’m the living God, you’re not going to repeat this saying in Israel any longer. Every soul—man, woman, child—belongs to me, parent and child alike. You die for your own sin, not another’s. “Do you need to ask, ‘So why does the child not share the guilt of the parent?’ “Isn’t it plain? It’s because the child did what is fair and right. Since the child was careful to do what is lawful and right, the child will live truly and well. The soul that sins is the soul that dies. The child does not share the guilt of the parent, nor the parent the guilt of the child. If you live upright and well, you get the credit; if you live a wicked life, you’re guilty as charged.
(Ezekiel 18:1-4; 9-20, The Message)
6. RESPECT AND BE RESPECTABLE
Children obey your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right. Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother–this is the first commandment with a promise, that all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth. Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.
(Ephesians 6:1-4 – AMP)
7. RESPOND IN LOVE – RELATE WITH LIBERTY
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.]
(Colossians 3: 20, 21 – AMP)