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What is Gentle Parenting?
Gentle Parenting is a long term approach to discipline that respects the child as a whole person and values the feelings of the child.
It seeks to teach children to do what’s right out of a heartfelt willingness to do what’s good by using love, patience and positive words over fear or punishment.
It sets firm boundaries to establish consistent and realistic expectations while allowing natural consequences to take place.
It equips the child with age appropriate skills to nurture independence.
Is Gentle Parenting suitable for Christians?
Gentle Parenting is definitely suitable for Christians when you understand God’s true instructions for parents. Many Christians are turned off by Gentle Parenting because they support the idea of spanking and think Gentle Parenting is contrary to the Bible. In fact, it’s spanking that’s actually contrary to the Bible. Read here about what the Bible is really saying about spanking.
Gentle Parenting models Jesus’ peace, mercy and forgiveness. Gentle Parenting presents the Gospel to children in a way that allows for the growth of genuine faith. Teaching them to love God with joy and awe, rather than with the fear of parental or spiritual punishment.
Does Gentle Parenting work?
Gentle Parenting definitely works but the most important thing to remember is that it is a LONG TERM approach to discipline. Authoritarian parenting uses spanking, punishments and yelling to get children to obey quickly but it’s a fear based obedience. It may seem like children behave better under these circumstances but it is a temporary fix and can cause lifelong issues for that child. Gentle Parenting addresses the heart of the matter to develop a heartfelt willingness to do what’s good.
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Lizzy Mash is an experienced early childhood educator now living in Africa as a missionary working with children and families.
She teaches Christian moms how to take a more respectful and Christ-like approach to motherhood by using Gentle Parenting strategies.