My husband has just started teaching a new small group study called "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp. I have heard it's good, so naturally I was curious exactly what this new study would involve. What it would ask me to do as I "shepherd my child's heart?" After reading the introductory stuff and the short first chapter, I know one thing: change is imminent in my household.
It's not like an "A-ha!" moment exactly, but a light bulb did brighten a bit. I've never thought about my child's behavior being based in their heart. At least not in the midst of a tantrum, or the times my parenting skills and patience are being tested. I can certainly see the logic, that my child's behavior is an overflow of his heart, like Luke 6:45 says: "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
When you're angry, you lash out. When you're happy, that shows, too. But I guess when I have to discipline my kids I'm just thinking, "Don't do that again! Haven't I told you..." I have the feeling that now, I will be examining how my child may be feeling that has caused his actions to be what they are.
This could get interesting...