I am still trying to figure out this parenting thing. I am convinced now that there is no one way to do it. I have read many books with discipline techniques and other advice. Some of it seems to work with my children and others not so much. I just recently started reading Raising Godly Tomatoes, by L. Elizabeth Krueger.
In her book, Krueger talks about a technique she calls “tomato staking.” Tomato staking is keeping your children with you so you can encourage their behaviour and better train their hearts. If tomatoes are not staked, they will grow along the ground wildly and rot in the mud. She uses the analogy to compare what happens to our children if we do not actively participate in training their hearts to do the right thing.
I have just cracked the cover open on this book, so I have much more reading to do. I find that by reading one chapter and taking time to reflect on it before moving on to the next helps me first soak in the ideas that it presents. My habits have to be changed first before I can then change those of my children.