I don’t believe in “tough love.”
We are all different. Every person is unique, and if they so choose to have children, they will become unique parents and have unique children. So of course we can’t all parent the same way. Does that mean there is no ideal way of parenting?
When I think of a “blanket” approach to parenting…something that would probably work for every family, I think of parenting the way Jesus would. And when I think of how Jesus would parent, I can only imagine him being loving, respectful, and gentle. He wouldn’t hit, reprimand, or punish. He wouldn’t leave a child alone in tears. In every image I have in my head regarding Jesus and children, I see him full of love and gentleness.
You don’t have to be Christian to take this pledge. You only have to promise to yourself to try your best to be gentle, respectful, and loving to children, most especially your own. And you have to promise that you will be gentle with yourself, and forgive yourself when you aren’t perfect.
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