In my last post I talked about how we don't discipline Jacob for "bouncing off the walls" because we thought we we were frustrating him. After reading back over the post I was afraid that I made it sound as if we don't discipline him at all and oh, its just the opposite. However, we realize that leaving him idle creates problems.
Our beliefs on the subject:
1) We believe that children are born sinful. Anyone who has watched a toddler for very long should realize this!
2) We believe that God has entrusted us with raising our children to know His word and to worship him.
3) We believe in not sparing the rod. But we also understand that we must consider "their frame" in this.
Background information: We listened to the world when deciding how to train and discipline Jacob, instead of trusting in God and his clear outline for it in the Bible. We didn't adopt a biblical view of child training and discipline until Jacob was 2. That is toooo late! It's more work to start when they first become defiant but we can already see the fruit of our efforts in our youngest.
So, I could go on about methods and what works but seeing as how we are behind in this I would rather point you to the resources that helped us get our feet firmly planted in biblical discipline, child training, and discipleship.
1) The Bible
2)Great series on child training. She has 4 youngins' and an outlook on child training taken directly from God's word. There are 8 parts so be sure to start at Part 1.
3) On training babies. http://inashoe.com - Search for Blanket Training
4) Taking babies AND children into church. For those who attend a family integrated, for those who don't read this about WHY family integrated is a good choice for the family.
Shepherding a Childs Heart by Ted Tripp
Standing on the Promises by Douglas Wilson
Christian Living in the Home by Jay E. Adams
6) This video/audio series is great.
I hope that these links help anyone who is struggling in this area. Also, if y'all know of any good resources feel free to leave me a comment. I will take all the help I can get!