I recently received an email asking about disciplining children, that reminded me of a conversation that I had with my brother about 15 years ago. We were both busy raising our families, and I shared a story about a recent incident in our home. One of my children had done something VERY wrong, but none of them would admit to it. I asked my brother what he would have done in that situation. His answer was very interesting. He is a police officer, and has been for over 30 years. His answer was, “Criminals repeat their behavior, I’d let it go, and expect it to be repeated.”
Since I had NO idea which of my children was ‘the criminal’, I figured that I’d follow his advice.
By the next week, the behavior was repeated. It was NOT the child that I thought it would be.
Out of that incident and conversation, I decided to study what the Bible says about parenting. Yes, it was a little late, but better late…you know…….
I came up with a plan. When situations arose with my children that were not cut and dry, and I was unsure as to what to do, I would do my best, but I want to err on the side of grace. It has ‘worked’ very well! Tomorrow I’ll share more that I’ve learned!
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