Disciplining kids can be very tough. Maybe you have seen some smiling faces of my kids in the photos I take. As a reader, you may think that I’m very blessed to have sweet, loving, happy and smart kids. A great family every mother wants to have. In reality, as in photos, what you see is just the processed file. =)
I, like any mother, encounter exhausting times in disciplining my kids, too. There are times that they want to go on their own ways, do the things they think are right, go to places that I told them not to go to, touch things I clearly stated not to be touched, etc.
I could just stop. It has come to me before. It will be easier. I’ll just close my eyes, let them do what they want to do. Do something else, when they are doing something wrong, hoping others who see them will take charge and scold them so they’d learn hard. Yes, it will be a lot easier. FOR NOW. If I continue doing that, I will receive the consequences later on.
Of course, good results don’t always come overnight. It requires every day consistency, discipline, sacrifice, conscious effort, to achieve something.
“You must have long term goals, to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.” – Charles C. Noble
God did not give up on me. He believed in me. He believed I could be a better person so He gave me different opportunities to grow.
Disciplining maybe difficult, giving up is not the best choice to take just because there are no visible results now. Kids, teenagers, even adults will always have their crooked road moments. Just don’t look at their failures now, dream of what great people they can become.