Proverbs 15 and Parenting

Today I was searching for verses that address specific struggles my preschool children face as they’re learning to obey and show kindness to others. I’m assembling a document that Dan and I can use when teaching and disciplining. We’d much rather use Biblical language (“When your brother yells at you, use a soft answer in return.” than “When your brother yells at you, don’t yell back.”) when we can.

Well, my study took a bit of a detour, because I kept finding verses that apply to ME! (So now we have a “Mommy and Daddy” document going too…)  Look at these verses from Proverbs 15 in the context of parenting, and see if you aren’t as convicted as I am!

Prov. 15

1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly… 4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.…17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.… 22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. 23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!… 28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

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  1. Addy– I know what you mean about looking for Scriptures for your children and finding God is touching your own heart instead. You’re right; these are excellent verses to remember. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

  2. This is an excellent idea, Addy. Ginger Plowman has something published entitled Wise Words for Moms that does this very thing. Also, if you have not read it yet, her Don’t Make Me Count to Three is an excellent, practical and quick read on Biblical Parenting. It is highly recommended through Shepherd’s Press (Shepherding a Child’s Heart).

    Thanks for your blog.

  3. Crystal,

    Yes, I do have both of those resources from Ginger Plowman. I used her Wise Words for Moms as a resource when I was making our personalized document.

    Thanks for the comments!


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