The School Age Child Is Kept On The Heart Of A Child

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The Young Child is constantly withheld from many of his desires by physical restrictions. We use baby gates, fences, locks on doors and cabinets (restricted areas), cribs, playpens, leashes, and brief commands ("NO!" "YES!"). We carefully watch the young child; monitoring what he sees, where he goes, and with whom he associates. These barriers are primarily for the purpose of protecting the child from himself - from his own desire to seek his own will prior to an age when he has knowledge, self-discipline, a fear of the Lord, or help from the Holy Spirit to resist that which is harmful to him. The School-Age Child is still in bondage under the elements of the world. Gal. 4:3 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. Prov. 22:15a Having foolishness in his heart, he is likely to act the part of a fool - a fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. Prov. 18:2 He constantly desires to venture into the "department store" of the flesh. Nothing is more dangerous than allowing a child to "discover himself" at this age. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jer. 17:9 Being at the beginning of his "formal training" in self-discipline, he is relatively helpless at controlling his own desires; and the fleshly nature is thought to be a fascinating friend rather than seen to contain no good thing. Rom. 7:18 As a parent, you must protect him from his own worst enemy - his flesh, and two other predatory
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