24Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. (Proverbs 13:24)
Happy Friday Friends! The verse today is probably one you are well familiar with. It is a verse that is quoted time and time again. I’m sure for decades it was used as a justification to beat the snot out of a misbehaving child. Nowadays, it seems to be more of a reminder to parents that they DO need to discipline their children. Raising well-mannered, decent children is a challenge and a journey in life my wife and I are just a quarter of the way through. Our oldest turns 10 this year, and we are very proud of the beautiful, young girl she is. When she was a toddler she lived up to the “Terrible-two’s” and then she was a “threenager,” and while we loved her more than anything else in this world, we still showed her discipline when we had to. The one advice I always give new parents is this: there is a difference between a good “pop” and beating your child. It really is common sense. If your child does not listen, and time out doesn’t work, sometimes you have to give them that good, old pop to the hand or leg. And always explain clearly to them why they are in trouble, and never, never, as much as you can, spank them out of anger. Take a moment to collect yourself, think the situation through clearly, then decide if the punishment fits the crime. Just my two cents, for what it is worth.
The rest of our deeper reading is one verse after another of quirky wisdom, some worth committing to memory, so you can drop some knowledge on your friends and family at just the right time. Proverbs is an amazing collection and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.
Reading plan: 2 Corinthians 4, 5
Deeper reading plan: Proverbs 13, 14, 15