Creative discipline

Here are some suggestions to help you encourage your children to habitually make righteousness choices.

For problems with unrighteous attitudes and actions

Biblical basis

Psalm 119:133 “Direct my footsteps according to Your Word; let no sin rule over me.”

Suggested disciplinary action

Help your child identify and name the sin that is “ruling over” him or her. Select a Scripture verse that indicates why that sin is not pleasing to God. (For help in finding a suitable verse, consult the memory verses section of other relevant Kids of Integrity lessons.)

Explain that you are going to spend your child’s “time out” with him/her, memorizing a verse together so that he/she can repeat the verse each time he/she is tempted to sin. During your time together, you can also review the story of Jesus using Bible verses to ward off temptation from Satan. This particular story is found in the Bible stories section of the self-control lesson.


Pray with your child, asking for God’s forgiveness. Also ask that He would provide them with a reminder from His Word each time he/she is tempted to sin. Encourage your child by reading Hebrews 12:11. Assure him or her you believe the discipline you are giving each time he/she disobeys God will eventually bring a “harvest of righteousness” in his or her life.

Hebrews 12:11 “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”