Parenting might just be the toughest job you'll ever have. It goes beyond a 9 to 5 job, and it's never-ending. Even when kids are older there are further issues; they will want more freedom to make their own decisions, and some, you will not agree with. Nonetheless, there is no giving up for a parent. So when you feel drained disciplining your child, whether he is four or 14 years old, here are some verses to keep in mind.
1. Provers 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old, he will not depart from it.
One of the favorite among parents is this verse. Proverb 22:6 tells you that as a parent, you have the duty to train your child. It is your obligation to raise your child in a nurturing environment. Your child must learn good manners and habits early on. This way, he/she will take these life lessons until they grow old.
2. Deuteronomy 6:7
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Parenting doesn't end even if you're having a bad day. If your child doesn't seem to listen to whatever you say, do not give up. The Bible tells you that you must be diligent in discipline your child throughout the day. Even if your efforts seem futile, find comfort in knowing that God has given you an important duty – a duty you won't fail with Him at your side.
3. Luke 15:20
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
One of the most hurtful things as a parent is to have a fight or disagreement with your own child. You know you only have the best intentions, but sometimes, your child won't understand this immediately. Nevertheless, a misunderstanding between a parent and child should just stay at that. Your child must still know that even if you discipline him/her, underneath it all is a heart that genuinely cares. Always tell and show your children that you love them. This way, they can better understand someday that you are training them because you love them.
4. Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Nowadays, children want to be more independent. Often, they feel that they are right and knows more things you in the modern world. Little do they know that you've been there and done that. Your child will be more resistant to you, more opinionated, and more persistent with what they want and don't. Never lose hope, but find solace in prayer. Never fail to pray for your children because God always listens.
5. Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Many parents struggle with anxiety. Will they have enough money for their child's education? Will their jobs be secure enough? How can they discipline a child who doesn't listen? How to deal with a child who does the opposite of what he/she is told. Not being in control brings about anxiety in parents. However, don't let anxiety and fear take over your motivation to keep training your child. Cast all your worries and concerns to the Lord. Find strength in conversing with Him and find peace of mind in the scriptures.
It is tough to be a parent and a Christian parent at that, which is why the church and the Bible are there to help you out. There are plenty of verses in the Bible about parents and children to inspire you. Just bear in mind that your children will solely depend on you to train and discipline them, and at the same time, make them feel loved and nurtured. This is a 24-hour job, seven days a week, and 365 days in a year. It's a job you can never quit, so always do your best and ask God for strength to push forward.