The scriptures command parents to raise children in the training and instruction of the Lord. We begin “training” a child from a very young age by the ways we respond to their actions and attitudes. The primary purpose of discipline is to consistently direct your child toward right relationships with God and others. Several practices contribute to that process.
Children need a clear answer to the question “Who is the boss?” God has delegated oversight of your child’s welfare and development to you, placing you in a position of authority over them.
Starting when children are very young, parents need to model clarity and consistency. Children are commanded to obey their parents and parents to train their children even when it is inconvenient to do so (Colossians 3:20-21).
Punishment is negative, making someone pay for what they’ve done. Discipline is positive – training toward a better future.
Parents are called to protect their children from the ruin of an undisciplined life and point them to their need for a Savior (Proverbs 23:14 and Romans 3:22-24). Ultimately, the discipline you apply should be used in a way that restores right relationships. It should provide a consequence that leads the child to repentance (sorrow for their wrong behavior) and restoration of the relationship with God, mom, dad and others.