Separate the Relationship from the Discipline | Part 5

Separate the Relationship from the Discipline | Part 5

Mar 13

Go Big on Relationship and Consistent with Discipline

The only “yelling” that we should be doing as parents is the cheering for our children.  One of the things that we are called to do is to be our child’s number one fan.  If we are cheering our child on then there will be no fear to try something new.

One of the best pictures of consistency in parenting for me has come from watching my husband in one of his stress relievers, bonsai trees.   He will get a little plant and as it grows he, slowly over time, bends the branches with wires and trims back the excess.  This helps the tree grow into the shape that it is most beautiful. If he just left it alone it would be overgrown and not pleasing to the eye. If he were to try to make the branches go instantly into the shape he wanted, they would break.  Each tree has its own unique shape and beauty to it.  When we are consistent with our discipline, slowly pruning and shaping things that don’t belong, it helps our children become the people God created them to be.  If we are too harsh, such as yelling constantly, we break their spirits.  It is our job to patiently and consistently utilize our parenting plan to grow our children to reach their beautiful potential.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on this topic.


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