Keys for Kids

Parent Minute

To spank or not to spank? That is the question.

Posted on 5/31/2020 by Greg Yoder

Michelle asks, “Should I spank my kids or not?” Well, I have an answer. It’s found in the Bible: Proverbs 13:24, which says, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them” (NIV). Oooo, Greg believes in spanking kids. That’s not really what I said—I quoted Scripture, and I believe Solomon said it. Later he says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” (Proverbs 29:15 ESV). Spanking works for some kids. It doesn’t work for others. Mom and Dad, while Scripture is clear, customize your discipline to fit the crime AND our kids. And NEVER spank when you’re angry. They’ll love you for it later.

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Suggested Reading: Proverbs 12:24 Proverbs 29:15

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