One of the methods I’ve seen (and read about) for teaching obedience is the “flick, no” approach. I’m talking specifically about the learning process where a very young child (say 9-15 months) is figuring out that she or he must obey the command coming from mom or dad. Baby reaches up to touch the computer, and Mother flicks the baby’s hand as she tells baby, “no.” Baby and Mother repeat this procedure until one of them tires of the game.
What is puzzling me, is why the flick before the no? Why not say no, and then wait to see if the child removes his hand (or does whatever you want)?
Also puzzling to me is the need for the flick at all during the instructional phase. Don’t get me wrong, I can see that it is useful. But I’ve not seen a biblical precedent for God disciplining us before we know what the command is. Maybe I’m missing something really big here. Do parents who use physical discipline with their toddlers as a means of teaching also use physical discipline with their preschoolers and school age children as a means of teaching?