Even at the age of 3 we pray with Eva that God will give her the wisdom to make wise choices. If you ask her what happens if you make bad choices she will tell you “consequences”; if you ask her for examples of bad choices she will tell you “not obeying”, “not being nice”. Kids get this; we just need to teach them.
Talk about a tough consequence! Moses, the great leader of the Exodus and recorder of the Ten Commandments, was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he blatantly disobeyed God. Moses pleaded with God to change His mind, but God followed through with the consequence.
Even great leaders and great kids can make serious errors. In a culture of declining moral standards, following through with the right consequences can feel unloving and harsh. But developing habits of obedience in our children requires that we establish clear boundaries and consistently enforce the consequences when they disobey.
Though it may seem harsh, delivering consequences consistently is an act of love.
The above was copied from the “Parenting by Design” Reading Plan found on You Version.