Creative discipline

Here are some suggestions to help you develop a confident, courageous spirit in your children.

For problems with a fearful attitude

Biblical basis

Deuteronomy 31:8 and Joshua 1:9.

Suggested disciplinary action

When a child is lacking in courage or bravery they do not need punishment; rather, they need encouragement. Refer to any of the memory verses and/or complete a related hands-on option or Bible story from this lesson.


Read Psalm 118:6-8 and Psalm 56:3 together. After reading either or both of these verses, take the time to pray with your fearful child and encourage them to have confidence in God.

Psalm 118:6-8 “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; He is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”

Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”