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Discipline My Child

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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I was shocked!

“What? You taught your sister how to use the “F” word?”

I asked him: “Who did you learn the “F” word from?”

He replied: “You.”

Ouch, that hurts.

Lost moral authority

I have lost the moral authority to tell him what is appropriate language and what is not.

I turned to the Bible.

I am glad I did.

Colossians 3:8 (NIV)

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

This was great.

By using the Bible, I was able to:

  • Show my son that he should turn to the Bible when he is not sure of what is right or wrong,
  • Use the verses in the Bible to instruct my child and guide him to lead a life that will bring glory to God,
  • Remind him when we teach others to do wrong in the eyes of God, we are asking them to stray from God.

My reflection

There are several times when I have not acted in ways that a God-fearing Dad would. And I am ashamed of it.

And that is a firm reminder why I still need to invest time every day to read the Word of God.

Are you doing the same?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.