In college, one of my professors said: “One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard is telling a parent they shouldn’t discipline in anger.”
Is there any validity to the concept that parents should not discipline in anger?
I know this doesn’t fly in the face of many parenting experts.
But, when you really think about it and when you look at Scripture, anger might actually be one of the key ingredients to effective discipline.
Jesus was pretty angry when he drove the money changers out of the temple–yet, He did not sin. Scripture calls this righteous indignation.
Of course, as parents, we must always be under control. If not, then perhaps we better wait to discipline until we are.
But, many parents feel as though they must never show their anger because this is a recipe for future abuse.
Scripture says “Be angry and sin not.” It will be a great model of self-control to your kids if you can.
Conversation Starter: This concept goes against the grain of today’s culture. I would love to hear your insight into this topic.