Too many parents fail to realize that they can be firm and compassionate at the same time.
Does this seem impossible? Today, I provide a brief example.
In a day when our kids are surrounded by more temptations than ever before, exercising compassion with them is an absolute must.
But, this doesn’t mean the standards change.
No, we must stay true to the standards found in Scripture. So, when our kids are caught in a sin, it’s important that we exercise firm discipline.
However, you must exercise it in a way that communicates you are not acting out of complete disgust with them or disbelief in them.
No, your teen needs to sense your compassion and love for them in the midst of whatever the appropriate discipline might be.
There are plenty of statistics to affirm that our kids are getting an incredible amount of sexual messages and images on TV alone—and from the very programs and advertisements we watch with them.
This is not to mention the images and messages they get through other forms of digital technology that we’ve purchased for them. Folks, listen to me closely, a smartphone is an adult toy!
Today’s teens can grossly misuse and abuse smartphones; many times indulging in sexual sins. In fact, kids as early as eight years old can access pornographic images via smartphones or other media devices.
Yes, I want my child to have a cell phone to stay in contact with me at all times.
But, I must strongly suggest that all Internet activity be conducted from a central location in your home to give your child a better chance at not acquiring an appetite for evil.
Hopefully, this will not occur in your home. However, if your kid is accessing and engaging with inappropriate sexual content via smartphones, or other media devices, remember to remain firm and compassionate.
Conversation Starter: What are some other examples you may face that require being firm and compassionate when disciplining your child?