Parenting with Loving Correction: Practical Help for Raising Young Children

By Sam Crabtree

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Parenting with Loving Correction: Practical Help for Raising Young Children

By Sam Crabtree

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All parents face the challenge of helping disobedient children learn to obey—but often underlying that challenge is the struggle to practice consistent, loving correction. When parents don’t follow through, their trustworthiness and credibility are compromised, and children behave based on the patterns they have learned. This guide offers clear steps and practical tips for offering wise correction aimed at transforming a child’s heart, based on 3 principles: keep correction centered on God, always mean what you say, and reward obedience rather than disobedience. It is the responsibility of the parents to practice timely, consistent, and God-centered correction with their children, rooted in the grace of a God who always follows through and always means what he says.

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Sam Crabtree

Sam Crabtree is a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served for over twenty years. He is a former public-school teacher, is the chairman of the board of Bethlehem College & Seminary, and is the author of Practicing Affirmation. Sam and his wife, Vicki, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Product Details

Title: Parenting with Loving Correction
Subtitle: Practical Help for Raising Young Children
Published: January 31, 2019
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6061-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6061-3
Category: Marriage & Family
Retail Price: $12.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Page Count: 128

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Parent’s Longing

Part One: What’s at Stake?

  1. Why the Struggle?
  2. When We Fail to Correct Our Children
  3. When We Faithfully Correct Our Children

Part Two: Essentials of Corrective Discipline

  1. Clarifying Our Aim
  2. Keep It God-Centered
  3. Speak Truth
  4. Reward Obedience, Not Disobedience

Part Three: Getting Practical

  1. Before You Correct
  2. In the Moment

Appendix: Questions from Parents
My Prayer for You
General Index
Scripture Index


“In a permissive culture that leaves parents unsure of their authority and confused about discipline, this book speaks with clarity, not only reminding parents that discipline is a critical element of parental love, but also showing parents how to practically discipline their children in a way that is consistent, God honoring, and productive.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and My Heart Cries Out

“My wife and I were fortunate to attend a seminar on parenting young children featuring Sam Crabtree. He revealed the inconsistency and lack of logic often found in parenting young children and offered better alternatives. We were fortunate because we were able to take his wisdom and apply it to our children at just the right time. I have no doubt that many (if not all) parents experience the same sort of exasperation we did with our first child. And I have no doubt they will find Sam’s wisdom in Parenting with Loving Correction as helpful as we did.”
Paul K. Lim, MD, Trustee, Bethlehem College & Seminary; surgeon

“When my wife and I read this book, we immediately saw its value and wanted others to read it, so I was pleased when our small group agreed to go through it. But I was also a bit nervous—would the subject of parental discipline create conflict during group discussions because of differing parenting styles? Would the concept of correction (which is often considered in our culture to be overly negative) result in gloomy conversations? I needn’t have worried. Sam Crabtree uses definitions, Scripture, and helpful anecdotes to get everyone on the same page. His pastoral heart is shown in each chapter as he writes with care, grace, and humility. I can tell you from personal experience that this book yields fruitful discussion—and parenting. Chapter 3 ends with this statement: ‘There is great hope. And there is help.’ For the believing parent, there is. And you will find both in this book.”
Scott Jamison, small-group leader

“As parents, it can seem like we’re constantly training, correcting, and disciplining our children. Thankfully, Sam Crabtree has given us a gospel-infused framework for the kind of loving correction that will help all of us train up a child in the way he or she should go.”
Bob Lepine, Cohost, FamilyLife Today; Teaching Pastor, Redeemer Community Church, Little Rock, Arkansas