Practical Christian Parenting – 7 – Consequences
Most of what we learn we learn by experience. We say, think, feel or do something, and then we receive the consequences of what we did. Some people believe this is the only way we learn how to get along in the world. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that consequences are an effective way to parent our children. Learn more about how to use consequences in this presentation.
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We’re picking it up to today with the seventh in our series on Practical Christian Parenting. Last time we discussed appropriate family boundaries. Today we’re going to talk about how to enforce them.
If you recall, we explained in Part 2 of our series that all boundary setting and enforcement is done from a foundation of love communicated to children in a way that they can understand and receive it. We also said, in Part 1, called The End Goal, that a Christian parent’s goal is to create a loving relationship with their children. Every other good thing flows out of that. But we also have to socialize our children. We have to teach them to say, “Please” and “Thank you,” to cover their mouths when they cough, to go to bed on time, to brush their teeth, to wash their hands before eating. The list seems endless, but it actually isn’t. If you want a good book that covers most of the elementary/middle school things, read the book, The Essential 55, by Ron Clark. That’ll help you.