Discipline Help ~ The Child Training Bible Review

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I have seen the Child Training Bible ( CTB ) popping up online for a while and it really grabbed my attention.  Like many parents we’ve struggled with how to properly discipline our children.  I don’t want our children to grow up thinking that mom and dad just make up the rules and have no solid reason for our expectations.  That’s where the CTB comes in.


What is the Child Training Bible?

The CTB was created by Mindy Dunn to be used by parents as a easy way to look up scriptures that relate to certain discipline issues. Anger, Lying, Jealousy, Tattletaling, Making Excuses and Not Listening are just a few of the 20 topics included in the CTB.

Here’s what a completed CTB looks Like:

Image Credit: Childtrainingbible.com

The Child Training Bible Kit that I received included: ($9.00 value)

  • A Key
  • 3 Easy Tabbers (the tabbers include a list of scripture and questions that you can discuss with your children)

In addition to this I purchased:

  • A 9×6 Bible

I used The NIV Adventure Bible which was the best option I could find. Unfortunately I had to trim the Key in order for it to fit correctly.

** I would recommend buying the Classic Pew Bible that is suggested (pictured below).

This way you don’t have to trim the Key for it to fit.


  • Highlighters:  I had a set of Crayola Twistables Crayons that I used to do the highlighting in our bible.  I originally purchased the Sharpie Highlighters that were recommended but I just couldn’t justify the $9 price tag, so back to Target they went!  The crayons worked great.  They did not bleed through and it was easy to read through the markings.

This is what the inside of the bible looks like when you’re done tabbing and highlighting:

Image Credit: Childtrainingbible.com

What I loved:

  • A quick Reference- The CTB gives us a quick way to share scriptures with the children when they are struggling to behave.
  • I loved putting it together – Reading through the scriptures while I highlighted and tabbed each page was a great way for me to be reminded what the bible has to say about attitudes and behaviors that even I struggle with.
  • We’ve been using it – I’ve taken out the CTB at least 3 times each week (I’m trying to make it a habit).  Our 5 year old might not completely understand some of the scriptures, but it’s a great example for her to see me grabbing the bible and using it as our guide.

What could be better:

  • Size – It was VERY difficult to find a Bible that the Key fit properly in.  It would be great if the Key was about 1/2 inch smaller. A smaller key would have allowed us to choose the ideal bible for our family.  The larger size Key page limited us to only a few versions and styles. We would have preferred to use the New International Reader’s Version for our young children.

Our Overall Opinion:

We love it!  Such a great concept and we’re happy to have a CTB to use with our family.  It has become a KEY tool that we will continue to use with our children for years to come.


NIV Children’s Bible

Children’s Bibles

Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils

Post-it Flags Value Pack

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  • Jennifer
    May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

    WOW!! This is awesome!! Would love to incorporate into our family!!

    • Lori V
      May 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

      I would love one of these. I would love peace in my home.

  • Dana@homemadebest dot wordpress dot com
    May 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

    This is such a great idea. What a wonderful way to be prepared when you need to point your children to what the Word says. I love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Kelly
    May 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

    ThiS would be a great tool for helping us rely on Gods word through our everyday struggles. I think it would help my kids really see that Gods word is alive and speaks into every part of our day!

  • Caterina Mangano
    May 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I just love how this makes it so easy and available right on our fingertips. Helps to be consistent.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win,

  • Stacey Way
    May 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    One of the hardest books for me to teach! I would love some help!

  • Steph @ MomKaboodle
    May 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    We tend to struggle with our attitudes and our behavior in our household. I try to tell the children WHY they shouldn’t behave in a certain way, but I don’t often remember to turn to scripture to tell them what God says about certain behaviors. This would be such a fantastic addition to our parenting repertoire!

  • Addie Jane
    May 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    What a wonderful tool for me to learn from while teaching my boys to live by the Word.

  • Becky Milstead
    May 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    What a great resource! We already try to use scripture especially when we are having attitude problems with our kiddos. I would like to use scripture more, but I don’t always know where to look!

  • Michelle T
    May 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I would love to win to because I can never think of applicable verses when I need them.

  • Evelyn
    May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I would love to have this resource on hand because I have 5 daughters and am often so frustrated with their behaviour and feel like I am at the end of my rope. Thank you for your website.

  • Danya D Maika
    May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Hi, I would like to win it because it will help me in the education of my kids! Reminding them that all we do is to bring joy to His heart and I love the way is organized!!! 🙂

  • Tonia Jeffery
    May 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    It looks like a great teaching tool.

  • Serena
    May 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    would love to win and use with my 3 boys

  • Christan Resz
    May 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve been looking at this for awhile now. I’ve been waiting to buy it. I actually have all the supplies to make it already … post its, sharpie high lighters, the Bible. I just need to purchase the actual training materials! I was kinda waiting for a pdf download. It would be a huge blessing to win this, especially since I’m all ready to put it together!

  • Jennifer O
    May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I have heard so many positive comments about the CTB that I would like to try it for our girls.

  • JoAnn
    May 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This looks like an awesome tool for biblical discipline. Would love to try this!

  • Ashley
    May 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    this is an amazing idea!

  • Valerie
    May 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I need this!! It looks amazing!!

  • Jessica Wilhite
    May 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway. This would be such a great teaching tool with my 4 boys ages 6 and under.

  • Daphne
    May 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Would love to win this to share with a friend (already ordered one for our family)! God Bless! 🙂

  • Tara Dills
    May 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I would have this awesome tool. I am learning the Bible and God’s word. When I saw this kit I could so see the beautiful benefits that could come from it for all of us

  • Whitney
    May 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I would love to incorporate this into our homeschool classroom, as well as just our every day lives. I think that it would be beneficial to the entire family. I have been wanting one for a while now!

  • Jennifer S.
    May 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I would love to win one for my friend at church who also is struggling with knowing how to correct her children in God’s way.

  • Heather McMurphy
    May 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I love this and want to teach my daughter and also teach and learn myself. God’s Word is very precious and we need to hide it in our hearts!

  • Lexi
    May 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Been looking at these for a while! I think it’d be great for our family.

  • Shannon Wallace
    May 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    We would be blessed to win this set for several reasons, so of which are similar to your reasons. We have had a lot of major life changes, and need to get back to training in the ways of the Lord. Thank you for your very honest and thorough review! 🙂

  • Holly
    May 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    What a wonderful idea!

  • Jessica
    May 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. I have a 3 yo son and 8mo daughter and am super excited to implement this in our home.

  • Pei
    May 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Have heard great thing about this product. It would be very helpful to have a tool like this one. Thank you!

  • Kim
    May 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This looks like a wonderful tool to use with my children.

  • Pei
    May 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Would love to win this. It would be very helpful to have a tool like this one. Thank you!

  • Amy Blevins
    May 24, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I need this! I have six children, and I rely to much on nagging, yelling and pestering instead of coming from Scripture.

  • Hope J.
    May 24, 2012 at 3:42 am

    We have three little ones and I could use all the biblical training help I can get-for them and myself!

  • Gina
    May 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

    What a great idea! I have been looking for a tool like this to use with teaching and training our children. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Brenda Torres
    May 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I’d love this!

  • Ronica Case
    May 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I would really like this tool to help me work on some heart areas I feel like we’re missing with my 5 year old

  • Christi
    May 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I love this! would love to win one!

  • Ronica Case
    May 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I would really like this tool to help me work on some heart areas I feel like we’re missing with my oldest

  • Tami Lewis
    May 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    i feel like i am losing my way lately and this would help me find my way again!

  • Melissa
    May 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Would love to have this!

  • Amylynn H
    May 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I homeschool 2 boys and would love to have this tool at my fingertips. Sometimes when you need Scripture the most, your mind can go blank! This is a wonderful idea!

  • Pat
    May 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    This would be an excellent tool for my super logical boys.

  • Jenny Anne
    May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    With 4 kiddos, this would be a great time saving resource when issues arise that I should address with Biblical counsel. My daughters really listen when I admonish them from the Bible, so this would make that easier and I would have no excuses to not do it more often!

  • Reva
    May 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This looks amazing! Such a great idea. I would love to win a kit 🙂

  • Elizabeth B
    May 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I feel like I don’t have the time right now to go through a concordance and gather all these verses Mindy has already put together. This would be such a great resource for our family!

  • Beth/Mom2TwoVikings
    May 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    We are starting homeschooling for the first time and I would *really* like to have this when we are ready to go! 🙂

  • Erin
    May 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I would like to win this to have a quick reference to point the kids to, it’s not just because, “mom said so!”

  • Cassie
    May 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Would love to have this for obvious reasons… it works great! But would also like to use this in our homeschool for copywork. Thank you for such a generous offer. 🙂

  • Beth
    May 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Id like to win this because we need this kind of resource in our family. Thank you for the chance to win it :0)

  • Heather Lowe
    May 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I would LOVE to win this because I can totally see myself using this with my family. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  • Kayla Arrowood
    May 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I want to win because I would love an easier way to teach my younger kids to find things in the Bible… kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

  • Michelle T
    May 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Would love to win this- I have several friends who have one & love it! I am a homeschooling mom & could use this handy resource to deal with issues throughout our day!

  • onemotherslove
    May 26, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Would love to win!

  • Alle
    May 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I LOVE this idea! I think it’s a great resource to go to for discipline, but my husband and I are thinking of working to make a second key – one for encouragement and developing godly character/fruit of the spirit – instead of limiting it to discipline. For the tabs, we’ll use the same colors, but put a black dot or other marker on the second set to distinguish it from the original key.

    • Donna
      May 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Alle, I’ve been really happy with how it works. I also thought it might be all discipline and no encouragement, but I’ve found it to be the opposite. There are so many very encouraging verses that can gently direct us instead of simply harsh words of discipline. I would love to see what you end up adding to it! 🙂

  • Free Learning Life
    May 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    For a reason you said, I want my kids to see we go to the Bible for our answers when we have problems or need correction.

  • Cora
    May 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

    My daughter wants to start reading the Bible on her own and finding things independently! I’m so excited!!

  • Michelle G
    May 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I’m looking for an easy way to teach my children how to study their bibles. This would be a great tool!

  • Mandy Nelson
    May 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    This is the perfect companion to teaching God’s Word in everyday situations!

  • Shana Putnam
    May 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

    My son is almost 5 and we have been struggling with his behavior and this would be a huge help so I can truly explain why some thing are not ok or why some things are.

  • Rebecca
    May 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I really hope I win!!! I am so excited to implement this as a part of our daily routine!!!

  • Tyra
    May 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I would love to have this tool to use for my kids! We try to use scripture as a way to enforce the things we teach them as right or wrong but it would help so much to have specific verses to use in particular areas that they could see for themselves. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kala
    May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I think this would be a wonderful resource not only for my children but for me as well!!

  • Cheryl P
    May 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Like the others I am very interested in winning this, thanks.

  • Brooke
    May 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I would love to win the Child Training Bible because I have a 6, 4, & 2 year old and life is noisy! I often find myself yelling and only adding to the distractions. I love that this tool would bring us together quietly in front of the Lord to hear HIS voice in the situation. Unfortunately, the CTB is not in our budget at this time, so winning it would be a huge blessing!

  • Shelly
    May 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I am actually planning on purchasing 2 copies of the CTB for my twin girls for homeschooling next year. I would LOVE to win a copy (or 2!!) !! I know all my friends would love this as well once they see us using them and how great it is! can’t wait!

  • Lisa E
    May 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    This would be perfect to help guide my children, ages 14, 10 and 5, and to show them what the Bible says about behavior and relationships with those around us.

  • Kelly
    May 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to win this to start a incorporating it into our every day lives. My oldest has been asking a lot of questions about death and heaven lately. It would be a great resource to refer to!!

  • Claudia
    May 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Would love to win this for our family! And … who wouldn’t! 🙂

  • Karen Shively
    May 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Would love to win this. This is a great idea!

  • Christi Deal
    May 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    would really love to be able to have specific Scriptures ready when my kids and myself need them!

  • courtney
    May 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    This would be wonderful to win!

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