As Christian parents, we want to raise Godly children. But, in order to do so, our parenting skills should be consistent. Ask yourself: Do you say one thing to your children, but do another? Do you threaten, and threaten, and threaten, but never follow through? Consistent parenting is very important to children because it builds a sense of security and character, and ultimately leads to them having a successful life. Children need to know what the rules are and what is expected of them. And, they need to know what happens if they break the rules or do not follow through.
Just as our Father God gave us rules and principles to follow in the Bible and lets us know what will happen if we do not follow them, we should treat our children similarly. First, our morals and values must be consistent. For example, if we believe that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), we must treat them as special and not abuse them. But are you consistent? It is easy to tell your children not to drink alcohol because of all the negative ramifications, but do you drink with friends?
Second, our rules and requirements must be consistent. We should not require one child to behave a certain way, but allow another child to do something different and then make excuses for that child.
Third, the consequences or discipline we impose should be consistent. Do not threaten to impose specific discipline, but then not impose it when the time comes. There will eventually come a point where your child will simply ignore what you say either because you never followed through or you were inconsistent in your follow through. The last thing that we want to happen as parents is that our children do not listen to what we have to say.