One simple piece of advice that Dr. Joel Beeke gives to parents in his recent book, Parenting by God’s Promises, is this:
Give children clear instructions. You will not have to employ corrective discipline as much when both of you understand what is expected.
Are you feeling more and more of your instruction to your children is becoming correction? Maybe employing a simple technique of investing in clearer instructions (clear to them, not just you) would serve you and your children.
Head over to the Ligonier blog to get a longer excerpt from Dr. Beeke’s book and a little more encouragement on this subject.