Getting my kids to obey me temporarily is not my goal. My goal is to teach them right vs wrong so that in the long run they become capable of making the right choice on their own, even under the most challenging circumstances.
I don’t subscribe to the “I was spanked/punished/threatened/yelled at as a kid and I turned out fine” line of thinking because first of all, “okay” is NOT my goal. Next, the fact that this line came out of someone’s mouth makes me question how”okay” they are.
Last but not the least, I believe that children learn by watching adults’ behavior, not by listening to what they preach. So If I want to raise mindful/compassionate/respectful/conscientious kids then I need to model all these values to them.
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