Creative discipline

The Bible tells us to expect discipline to be uncomfortable, but also promises positive results. Let this section guide you as you correct your children, to help them learn to practice discernment.

Biblical basis

Proverbs 29:15 “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 13:24 “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Suggested disciplinary action

Explain to your child that you love him or her and want the best for them in the future; this means that you must guide them by disciplining them when they make unwise choices.

The choice of discipline is up to you, but as you implement it, assure your child that they are being disciplined because you believe that not disciplining them will set them up for disappointment later in life.

Explain “disappointment” with a simple example such as, “If you don’t learn to be kind to others, then it will be hard for you to make friends in the future.”


Remind your child that because they made an unwise choice, you were required to discipline them. Then affirm your child by incorporating one of the verses below into a prayer asking God to put His Spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding on your child so that they can be wise in the choices they make.

Isaiah 11:2 “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Colossians 1:9 “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding . . .