Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire. Proverbs 29:17, NIV
Phyllis Diller once said, “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” In the same vein, Jerry Seinfeld said, “Having a two-year-old is like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.”
Parenting has its sweet moments—it’s what we live for!—but between them are some messes. That’s why parents are responsible for using such times to create self-discipline in the lives of their children. Newborns have no self-discipline at all. They cry when they want; go to the bathroom when they want; sleep when they want. We aren’t born with self-control, but we are born with the capacity to learn to manage our habits and emotions. When we discipline our children, our goal is to teach them self-discipline.
As a parent raising children, at times it seems as if we are constantly repeating ourselves working toward the goal of obedience. Remember, God does the same with us if we will only listen. Let’s teach our children the important habits of self-control as we continue to learn the same from our Heavenly Father.
Educate your children to self-control…and you have done much to abolish misery from their future. Daniel Webster