What To Do When Punishment Doesn’t Cut it

Four Tips for Discipleship Parenting

“Kids will never learn if you don’t punish them.”

Hold up.

Let’s think about that for a moment.

A while ago, my son had picked up this habit of growling. He growled when he was playing. He growled at his sisters. He growled when I said something he didn’t like.

It drove me absolutely bonkers.

I tried every punishment I could to get him to stop.

I put him in time out. Separated him from the rest of the family. I took away his toys. His screen time. I sent him to his room. I yelled at him. I cut sugar from his diet. I could go on and on.

Nothing worked, of course.

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Discipline Like the Garden of Eden

Today I snapped. It was the last straw. My son defied me, disobeyed me, one time too many. I could hear my mind screaming, “What punishment can I think of that will make him so miserable he will never want to act like this again?” It’s times like this that I need to step back, take a break, and work hard to be gentle and loving in my parenting.

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