This is a risky topic I understand, but a vital one for today’s parents and grandparents in our societal entitlement era. We give children all kinds of stuff and put them in all kinds of activities, and we wonder why they are not more grateful or selfless.
Proverbs 13:24 says “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Nowadays, yelling and name calling have replaced a swat on the bottom of our children, and I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’d much rather be given a swat than be sworn at and demeaned or belittled.
Not in anger, but in love…Actually because of love, discipline is necessary. First, we must discipline ourselves to godliness, not perfection—but godliness—then we can correct our children out of our love for our Savior. Let him guide you in loving discipline today. And there you go.