The Gumnazo Principle

three1.jpgThe Greek word for discipline is gumnazo, from which we get the word gymnasium.  Gumnazo means to exercise or train.  Lou Priolo says that when we train our children for the purpose of godliness we should use the Gumnazo Principle which maintains the fact that you haven't disciplined a child properly until you have brought him to the point of repentance by requiring him to practice the biblical alternative to the sinful behavior.  He says, "Biblical discipline involves correcting right behavior, with the right attitude, for the right reason, until the right behavior becomes habitual."  In commenting on Priolo's words, Ginger Plowman in her book "Don't Make Me Count to Three!" goes on to say, "After rebuking the child for being disrespectful, have him go back to the scene of the crime and practice communicating the right way by using the appropriate words and tone of voice." What's your reaction to this principle of child-rearing?  Do you practice this at home?  My wife and I fall short so often in this area but by God's grace I'm brought back to the cross and I hope that's where my children are brought to as well.