The following is the review section from the book Keeping the Kids: How to Keep the Children from Falling Prey to the World. It is a training course for child discipline and youth discipleship that is packed with practical suggestions. Available from Way of Life Literature, www.wayoflife.org.
We have covered a lot of material in this book, and it might be helpful to offer a checklist of the major points.
- Do the parents have godly child training as a major priority and objective?
- Are the parents doing everything possible to see that the children are born again?
- Are the parents living consistent Christian lives?
- Do the parents have an effective private Bible study habit?
- Do they have a daily family altar?
- Are they faithful to a sound church?
- Are the parents avoiding any glaring sin that would undermine their discipline?
- Do the husband and wife have a wholesome relationship together in the Lord?
- Is the father the spiritual head of the home?
- Is the husband loving his wife and communicating with her?
- Does the wife have a godly, submissive spirit?
- Is the mother a “keeper at home”?
- Is the home filled with spiritual music?
- Are the children being disciplined effectively and is the rod incorporated properly into the disciplinary program?
- Is the discipline being applied consistently?
- Is the discipline being applied persistently?
- Is the rod being used with sufficient force to produce obedience?
- Are the children being taught obedience and respect for authority?
- Are the children being taught to have a good attitude?
- Are the children being taught to obey quickly rather than given multiple warnings?
- Is the discipline being administered in love?
- Are the parents carefully guarding themselves against disciplining the children in anger?
- Are the children being taught that they cannot sass back or resist the discipline?
- Are the children being grounded in the Bible? Are they being trained to have their own personal daily Bible study habits?
- Are the children being taught how to study and interpret the Bible?
- Are the parents in close communication with the children?
- Are the father and mother acting in harmony before the children?
- Are the parents keeping and guarding the children’s hearts?
- Is the father careful to avoid provoking his children to wrath?
- Are the parents closely overseeing all areas of the children’s lives?
- If the children have reached adolescence, are the parents still in close communication with them and overseeing their lives?
- Are the parents candid before the children and do they confess their sins and errors when needful?
- Are the children being taught the biblical basis for rules and restrictions?
- Are they being taught how to apply the Bible to their daily lives and decisions?
- Are the parents praying daily and earnestly for the children?
- Are the children being separated from the evil things of the world, such as Hollywood, pop music, immodest fashions, and unwholesome video games and literature?
- Is any Internet usage under godly control?
- Are the children being taught how to serve the Lord? Are they involved in ministry?
- Are the children in a sound, spiritually-healthy Bible-believing fundamentalist church?
- Are the parents supporting the church’s standards?
- Are the children being educated in a wholesome Christian school or home school?
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