During my time in undergrad, I had a bit of a revolution with regard to the way in which I had planned on disciplining my children. For a while, I entertained the idea of never spanking—just taking toys away, time-outs, and grounding. After all, is this not what we’re taught to do by child “professionals”?
In the Holy Scriptures, however, we read, “a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense” (Prov. 10:13), that “whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” (Prov. 13:24), that “folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him” (Prov. 22:15), that “If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol” (Prov. 23:14), that “the rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to…
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