June 18, 2018
Proverbs 18: 24
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
I know this Proverb may cause controversy. I would like to give my thoughts on it. I believe that as parents we have been given an extraordinary task of raising a human being to the point of being able to make it on their own without us. We will all die at some point and will not be there to take care of things for them. One of the most important things that we must teach them is that all their actions have consequences. For instance. Don’t go over there. There are lions over there. They will eat you. As a parent you must watch over your child until they are fully able to understand that they will be eaten by the lion if they go over there. If you see them getting close to the lions you must stop them. Sometimes that may require punishment. In my experience every child is different to what they will respond to. Some need things taken away. Some need a spanking. Some need a good talking to. As they get older, their ability to reason will become greater. The way you handle things needs to change to have a greater effect. There is no book that is written with the child’s name on it that states this is how to raise this child. It is our job to figure it out.
It is also our job as parents to teach kids the difference between wants and needs. They need to have patience instilled in their brains at a young age. Through patience and much thought their life will be much easier.
- Those who mistake the unessential to be essential and the essential to be unessential, dwelling in wrong thoughts, never arrive at the essential.