“Raising Disciplined Kids”

“Raising Disciplined Kids”
Pastor Lance D. Watson
St. Paul’s Baptist Church

Discipline – is not punishment.  It’s the process by which we learn the way of life.  The root word is disciple.  The Master leads the student/learner until the disciple can learn for himself or herself.  Discipline means “to train.”  Parents or “the Masters of living life” must train their children to be the people God has called them to be.

1 Corinthian 9:24-27 (NIV)

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Every adult has the responsibility of developing children whether you are someone’s biological parent or not.
How do we do that?  How do we set a good example? Do the following and teach a child to do the same:

1) Master Your Mood
Get a handle on our attitude.  Discipline is doing what you will, not what you feel.

Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

2) Watch Your Words
We can say the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time and end up in trouble.  It’s hard to hold on to a piece of selacious gossip  or “prayer concerns” as church people call it.

3) Restrain Your Reactions
Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

If someone wrongs you, ignore it.  We have to learn that some stuff isn’t worth our attention.  How much does it take to tick you off?  Don’t let other people control your emotions.  Disciplined people choose to act, not react.

4) Stick to Your Schedule
Live intentionally.  Create a schedule and live responsibly.  To be a success it takes time, be selective with your time, don’t let others select how you use your time.


5) Manage Your Money
Get a handle on your finances.  Live on a margin.  Learn how to delay gratification.

6) Maintain Your Health
More exercise, fewer calories, more rest.

Something to think about:
If you’re struggling with your children, take your worries to God.  Believe that He can fix the situation.  Faith is acting like it is so, before it is so until it is so!  Speak positive things into existence for your family, focus on what you want, and move toward it.


  1. Dominic Carter |

    I love it! What a universal message. Thanks for posting this Amie!

  2. Byron Adkins |

    You hit on some excellent points (great interputation)….I believe children want to be guided and disciplined. It’s our responsibility to provide that.



  3. Thanks for the comments! 🙂

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