15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
-The inclination to misbehave and rebel is rooted deeply within each of us from the day we are born. This nature can be traced all the way back to Adam and Eve’s sin in the book of Genesis and it should be taken very seriously. You can’t always bribe a child to do well, you can’t always reason with a child to do well, and you certainly can’t ignore a child and hope that they will do well. Fortunately, the Bible tells us of a means of controlling and ultimately limiting misbehavior and that is the rod of correction. Call it what you will (corporal punishment, spanking, whipping), it stands the best chance of teaching children that their actions have very real consequences. It may seem difficult to utilize such discipline, but if we allow our children to grow to adulthood without it, society will take on the job of correcting them and that will be much worse.