Three Parenting Hacks from Pastor Greg Surratt

How do I become a better parent? How do I discipline my child? How do I raise a healthy, happy child that contributes to society?

Pastor Greg Surratt shares some practical tips and hacks that can help you in your parenting journey.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

THREE PARENTING HACKS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEKEND:

1. YOU’VE GOT THIS

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:13–16 (NLT)

2. YOU CAN GET BETTER AT THIS

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. Luke 2:52 (NLT)If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5 (NLT)But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 (NIV)

Greg’s Parenting Hacks
1. Know your target
2. Set the rules
3. Reward aggressively
4. Discipline consistently

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. Proverbs 22:15 (NIV)

Principle: Least force necessary
1. A look
2. A time-out
3. Physical restraint
4. A timely reminder

3. GOD PROMISES TO HELP WITH THIS

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:39–40 (NIV)

For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. Psalm 72:12 (NIV)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:4–6 (NIV)