Today’s Scripture: Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. Proverbs 19:18

What is the proper way to deal with kids who are screaming in the grocery store, lying to you, or disobeying? Since we know what the source of the problem is (children are born rebellious), we can deal with the actual problem: rebellion.

Many “experts” say that we need to talk with our children and explain to them that this is not the proper way to act. I am all for parents talking with their kids, but if your child steals cookies from the cookie jar and the only consequence he receives is a “heart talk,” the next time he has an opportunity to take a cookie, he will. In his mind, it is worth a short talk with Mom.

If your child is screaming and having a temper tantrum to get something, the last thing you want to do is give in to the child’s demands. If you do, you have just taught your child that in order to get what he/she wants, then he/she just needs to scream, whine, and kick with both feet to get it! Remember, you are the parent. God will hold you accountable for how you raised your children. For that reason, you need to be the one who rules the home, not your kids.

There is a proper way to respond to your kids. God created every person with a special padded place to receive a “hard, fast, and low pat on the back.” God commands us to spank our kids. (Proverbs 23:13-14) This little bit of temporary pain now will save your child from a whole life of pain.

If your child is reaching toward the stove, you better smack his/her hand away. That little bit of pain is worth the avoidance of third-degree burns. If a mother doesn’t prevent her child from touching the flame, she does not love her child. God says the same thing about the parent who does not spank his/her child. Do you love your children?

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. Proverbs 13:24