I’ve seen a lot of talk on “Christian” parenting that advocates seeing your children as sinners to be brought under control. As enemies whose will is at war with yours.
They see children and children’s nature as something to conquer and subdue, using force to get obedience. But I would say that a Christian attitude towards your children is very, very different from what people like Debi and Michael Pearl teaches. Consider the following thoughts:
The right attitude #1: Children are a blessing
God do not give children in order to give you an enemy to war against. He give them as a blessing – to enjoy, to love and be loved by, to laugh with. Heavy-handed authoritarian attitudes treat this blessing, somehow, as a demon to conquer. (more…)