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Bringing Up Children - Discipline

Bringing Up Children - Discipline

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Children want and need boundaries for them to feel safe in so that they can grow up to bear fruit. Discipline is the act of pruning the vine (your child) so that he/she can grow in the direction of the structure you have laid down as boundaries and rules. It is part of human nature to test and try all boundaries and the child is no different, therefore we must help our children to walk the straight and narrow path so that they could follow Elohim’s rules and direction instead of fleshly desires and instinct.
Children want and need boundaries for them to feel safe in so that they can grow up to bear fruit. Discipline is the act of pruning the vine (your child) so that he/she can grow in the direction of the structure you have laid down as boundaries and rules. It is part of human nature to test and try all boundaries and the child is no different, therefore we must help our children to walk the straight and narrow path so that they could follow Elohim’s rules and direction instead of fleshly desires and instinct.

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11/28/2011

 
1Why Discipline?
If you neglect to form this foundation of obedience in your child and to get used to boundaries or rules, you will raise up a person with no understanding and respect for YHVH’s Torah.
 
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hildren want and need boundaries for them to feel safe in so that they can grow up to bearfruit. Discipline is the act of pruning the vine (your child) so that he/she can grow in thedirection of the structure you have laid down as boundaries and rules.It is part of human nature to test and try all boundaries and the child is nodifferent, therefore we must help our children to walk the straight and narrowpath so that they could follow Elohim’s rules and direction instead of fleshlydesires and instinct.Discipline according to Webster Dictionary:1. Education;
 
instruction 
;
cultivation and improvement 
,comprehending instruction in arts, sciences, correct sentiments,
morals and manners 
,
and due subordination to authority.2. Instruction and government, comprehending the
communication of knowledge and the regulation of practice 
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as military discipline,which includes instruction in manual exercise, evolutions and subordination.3. Rule of government;
method of regulating principles 
and practice; as the
discipline prescribed for the church 
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Subjection to laws, rules 
, order, precepts or regulations; as, the troops are underexcellent discipline;
 
the passions should be kept under strict discipline 
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Correction; chastisement ; punishment intended to correct crimes or errors 
; asthe discipline of the strap.
 
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6. In ecclesiastical affairs, the execution of the laws by which the church is governed, andinfliction of the
penalties enjoined against offenders 
, who profess the religion of JesusChrist.7. To instruct or educate; to inform the mind; to prepare by
instructing in correct principles and habits 
; as, to discipline youth for a profession, or for future usefulness.8.
To correct; to chastise;  to punish 
.9.
To advance and prepare by instruction 
.The brain works in such a way that it forms K-Lines or “paths ofhabit” to help you to function spontaneously. If you do somethingmore than three times, you will form a habit, but to break a habittakes more than 21 times of consistent alternative action. Disciplineis the act of “
breaking the bad habits 
” which is engraved in the brainand the only way to break a habit is to add pain to that action you donot want. Adding “pain”, or “something uncomfortable” to a habit willhelp the child to connect “pain” to something that is “wrong”, andthey learn the Scriptural truth that if you sin, there will beconsequences. Our heavenly Father works with us in this way and we should work the same waywith our children – BECAUSE IT WORKS! so that he/she would not want to do it again:
 
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Discipline should be the last option and there is a reason why children do things wrong on acontinual basis. First of all, children are born into this world with a sinful nature. By default they dothings that is according to the flesh and not according to the spirit. It is our duties as parents tointroduce YHVH and His Word to our children so that their spiritual side can grow.
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Sin means to miss the mark. The mark is to love Elohim with all we are and have and to loveothers as our selves. Children are born with a dependency on parents and everything evolvesaround that child’s needs and this is the definition of total selfishness. A Baby is the most selfishbeing because of their dependency on others and as he/she grows up and mature, they get lessdependent on others and thus less selfish. Selfishness is the opposite of love and you must teachyour child to love others so that their selfishness will become smaller and love for others willbecome bigger in their life.
 
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Because the Word says so and YHVH wants us to teach our children His Ways and a part of thatteaching is discipline.
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If you love your child, you will direct him from an early age so that he can learn what is right andwhat is wrong and that there is consequences for sin. They will also learn that not to obey is sinand not to obey YHVH have serious consequences. The easiest way to learn is to connectsomething bad with that which is wrong.
 
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n this way the child will make a connection to the “bad experience” and unpleasant feelingwhen he/she thinks to do the bad thing again. That is why YHVH allows bad things to happento us when we are disobedient so that we would find our way back to Him where no pain andsuffering is. There is nothing wrong with a good hiding if it is done in the proper way.
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Our Father disciplines us as His children. He prunes us to shape us in what He wants us tobecome. In the same way you should prune your child so that he/she can become a obedientchild that will one day follow YHVH understanding His Ways. This is YHVH’s wisdom and Heprescribed to us in His Word that this is the way tit should be done, so do not take away from HisWord disregarding His wisdom by not applying it in your family. It is not you that will suffer by notapplying it but your child!
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Bend the tree while it is still young. A child is as a vine and needs a structure togrow up against. This structure is made up out of rules and instructions, andwithout a structure, the vine cannot grow and bear fruit. If you neglect disciplineand raise your child without rules, their lives will be empty, destructive and withno fruit. Part of the process of preparing the vine to bear fruit, is to prune thevine where there are dead branches so that it may grow to it’s full potential.
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 This verse compliment the picture if the child being the vine and that it needs tobe pruned. We also see that there is a time window of six years mentioned wherein the child canbe pruned so that it will maximize growth and fruit baring. This shows us that the child isvulnerable within the first six years and needs to be treated with great care and pruned so thathe/she can bear fruit when they are older. You only have this time window of six years to get itright, if you mess up, you will bear the pain of raising a rebellious lost child that will only causeyou pain.
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Can there be discipline without rules or instruction? NO! It is not right tobe disciplined for things you do not know of. It is unfair and not right foryou as parent to discipline your child without instructing him/her first,setting up the boundaries and foundation for his/her life. Within the familyunit, BOTH parents must AGREE on the rules and be consistent inteaching their children these boundaries regarding every aspect of theirlife. You need boundaries for:
Faith 
– To respect and honor YHVH, to pray, to listen when youtalk about YHVH and His Word. Teach them to respect their parents and older people.
Eating 
- what to eat, when to eat, where to eat and how to eat.

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