LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Your Life

  1. What discipline did you resent growing up that you appreciate now?
  2. Did you grow up in more of a permissive home or a harsh home?
  3. Which end of the spectrum do you tend to drift to today?
  4. How does understanding discipline as a part of “discipling” help you understand discipline?
  5. Of the 3 “fundamentals of discipline” under point 2 (Applying Discipline), which do you find hardest? Easiest? Why?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:1-13. How have these verses been lived out in your life?

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Practical Parenting
“How to Discipline”
Proverbs 22:6; 29:17, Heb. 12:11

1. Understanding Discipline

  • It’s a part of training your kids
  • It’s a part of discipling your kids
  • It’s a part of loving your kids

2. Applying Discipline

  • Express Authoritative Communication

                    a. Give calm, firm, clear directives

                    b. Set clear expectations

  • Empower Ability to Choose

                   a. Your child can choose their behavior

                   b. Child must feel responsibility to make a change

                  c. Introduce circumstances that compel them to change

  • Enforce Appropriate Consequences

                 a. Must be authoritative, calm, consistent

                 b. Must be impactful, age/stage specific, memorable

3. Appreciating Discipline

  • Righteousness
  • Peaceful, healthy kids
  • Leader now, friend later

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Relates with Other-Centered Love/Loving People