|The rod of correction imparts wisdom,|
but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
|The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.|
The rod (verbal and physical discipline, not abuse) are tools used to make children wise as they grow into adults. A child without discipline can cause problems for a parent, but most importantly, problems for the child once they are grown.
Much prayer, patience, and perseverance is needed to be a parent with the right balance of love and discipline.
But it is worth all the work, parents! Proverbs 29:17 says "Correct your son, and he will give you peace of mind. He will bring delight to your soul."
So thank your mother on Mother's day tomorrow for all the love and discipline!