Thursday, November 02, 2006

Spare the Rod, Spoil the child ...

I was in a local store last night making a quick purchase w/o bringing my tired family into the store. I knew my little girls were not feeling well (so much candy I am sure) so I just ran in, in the course of the conversation with the man at the checkout I noticed that they had a homeschooler discount for an additional 5% off my purchase. We talked for what I thought was a short time (although my wife deems it a long time to be in the car with the kids) about the fact that most homeschool kids today are well adjusted and just are behaved better than other children.

I thought it a great observation (being partially homeschooled myself) but I would assume there are other kids out there that go to traditional and private school that behave quite well. I mentioned to him that my children were in the car because I was realistic about my expectations of them in public and they were just to tired to place that demand on them. The main reason my children behave is because of the ramification(s) of their actions. They know when they are going to be punished.

Not all of our children respond to the "rod of correction" the same and it is an observation for another time ... these verses were first to jump to my mind when the conversation was drawing to a close.

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Proverbs 13:24
He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs 22:15
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13-14
Do not hold back discipline from the child,
Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
You shall strike him with the rod
And rescue his soul from Sheol.

Proverbs 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

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Do you have some other verses? Share!

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