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 patience.

Biblical basis

God sometimes used time when He needed to teach people a lesson. The Israelites wandered 40 years in the desert. Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish. Sometimes time is the best teacher.

Suggested disciplinary action

When your child is impatient, make sure he/she has to wait doubly long for what they have asked for. While they are waiting, you can help them practice their memory verse. If it is a significant problem, do not give your child what he/she has been impatient about.


Remind your child of Proverbs 16:32: “Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” Pray with your child, asking God to help him/her to be strong like a warrior and fight off the temptation to be impatient.