by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – In Defense of Biblical Chastisement
Editor’s note: Here Michael builds up to how and why he thinks the ‘rod of correction’ should be applied and also tells that most parents aren’t doing it right. He starts out well, with a bit of good advice about enjoying their children and developing mutual respect. However how can anyone say that they respect their children and still beat them is beyond me. This is from 2001, back before the deaths of Lydia Schatz and Hana Grace Williams.
This is a practical look at spanking children. Parents must understand that spanking is just one element in God’s child training program. It is essential, but is not the whole—only a part. Nor is it the most important part. Important yes, but not all-important.
One of our wise readers suggested: “Try, yet again, to explain to parents how to train, discipline, and enjoy their children. Too many parents get stuck on one of these elements and let the other two slide. But just as you need several key ingredients to make a cake, as parents, those three elements are crucial to having happy, obedient children.” E. D.
1. Enjoy your children
Parents must first enjoy their children. Only in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust can parents impart anything positive to their children. In an environment of tension and criticism, training and spanking are ineffective, even counterproductive. Make your children part of your life—the biggest part. Look them in the eyes and smile right through them. Love your way into their souls. Delight in the things they delight in, and they will delight in you. If they know that their existence pleases you, they will want their actions to please you also. Only in this context are either of you ready for training.
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