Creative discipline

Few parents enjoy their God-given responsibility of disciplining their children, and even fewer children enjoy being on the receiving end. The Bible tells us to expect discipline to be uncomfortable, but also promises positive results. This section will provide you with innovative suggestions to use when correcting your children, to help them learn to practice faithfulness.

For problems with unreliability

Biblical basis

Proverbs 25:19 “Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.”

Suggested disciplinary action

Have your child walk around or run a race with a pebble in their shoe. Explain to your child that just as their sore foot did not serve him/her well in their race, so an unfaithful friend cannot be relied upon.


Take time to talk about how important it is that family members and friends be faithful to each other. Express to your child that you believe he/she is a faithful family member and friend that you can rely on. Pray with your child, asking that God would put love and faithfulness in his/her heart.

You may also wish to read or quote Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” End your talk by challenging your child to aim to have a reputation among friends and family members that he/she is faithful and can be trusted at all times.