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Ingredients of Godly Discipline

*This post is a review of a product I received free of charge in exchange for a review.  The opinions in the post are all my own and not influenced by the fact that I received it free*

Doorposts is an awesome company that has MANY different products to help you train your children.  This is their newest product, and is designed to help you guide your children to Jesus while they are being disciplined.

Honestly I have not used this as much as I was hoping to.  While it is an amazing resource, it is also rather time intensive to follow all of the steps.  As I am hoping to really work on my discipline skills (I yell a little to much and I am not as consistent as I know I should be), I am going to be referencing this chart every chance I get for the next month.  At that point I will give a results oriented review, for now its just a product review.

This chart is sized to keep in your Bible, which is where mine has been since I got it.  Unfortunately, along with having a messy house and inconsistent discipline, I also don't read my Bible very often, so it doesn't get looked at as much as it should.  For the next month I plan to put it on my refrigerator so I will look at it all the time (I really like to eat, so the fridge gets looked at a lot LOL).

There are three columns on the chart: ingredients (preparation, instruction, confession, consequences, forgiveness and restoration), Bible verse, and application tips.

The preparation step is such a good starting point.  It is not focused on your child, but on yourself, and why you are disciplining them.  While all the points are necessary for disciplining your child, I especially appreciate the restoration step.  I think it is essential for your relationship that you express your acceptance of the child and forgiveness of his transgression when your discipline session is complete.  When I miss this step I always feel guilty, and like he is angry at me.

On the back of the chart are some ideas for using the chart.  I like that they acknowledge that foster parents might need to adapt some parts of the chart.

This chart gives wonderful advice for leading your children to the Lord during discipline sessions.  No one likes disciplining their children, but it is necessary if you want them to acknowledge their need for salvation through Christ.  If we don't know that we have sin in our hearts, we don't know that we need to be forgiven for them.

Also available is a magnet version for your refrigerator.  It does not have the application column or the usage tips on the back, only the ingredient and Bible verse.  While it is a nice ADDITIONAL product, I would not recommend purchasing only that one.  It doesn't give enough information to be NEARLY as useful as the regular chart.

You can purchase your own chart (or one of their other amazing products - the other one I have is A Checklist for Parents) at Doorposts (this link goes directly to this product, the one at the top is to their home page) for $6.00.  The magnet version is $3.50, and you can buy a PDF and print it out yourself for $5.50.


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