My two children were happily eating a midmorning apple at the table, while I sat and tried to concentrate on writing the next Pulitzer quality blog post. After awhile, I became aware of a curious noise of something small hitting the kitchen floor. A child must have found some dried piece of food on the table and threw it on the floor. Giggles followed, and I, happy that the children were not fighting, typed away. Again, I heard the same curious noise. I started to pay closer attention. After all, it was a fresh tablecloth this morning and a fall centerpiece with a beautiful wreath of fake berries in fall colors.
What should I do? I would not spank my children for destructive behavior, because generally I’ve considered the problem one of childishness and lack of understanding of the consequences of such things as standing on toys, drawing illustrations in a published book …. or jumping on the bed… And although I have a discipline plan for disobedience (do not jump on the bed), I cannot possibly think up all the things that a child should not do.
Are there any Scripture verses that might guide my instruction on the matter?