Forgedimagination explains exactly how the Pearls’ teachings turn loving parents into monsters in Raised To Be A Monster.
Rebecca Diamond considered one kind of Child Training but ended up embracing Child Training of quite a different sort.
Jeri, of Gentle Christian Mothers, shares about how Gentle Parenting is working now that her children are older.
Dara Stoltzfus is on a roll. Today’s post confronts another Facebook Meme, My Promise To My Children.
Molly explains the evil of allowing adult men to spank teenaged girls in Texas schools. If you are very sensitive, you might want to just skip this one.
Jen of The Path Less Taken explains why a man who shoots his daughter’s laptop is Not Her Idea Of a Hero.
Under Much Grace reports all about CNN’s coverage of Hephzibah House complete with video and links to the transcript. She highlights outtakes from the transcripts on her blog.
Here is a link to Ted Hildebrant’s article in the Grace Theological Journal 9.1 (1988) 3-19, Proverbs 22:6a; To Train Up A Child? which analyses what “To Train Up A Child” really means.
Here is a short quote from the intro:
Careful consideration of lexical and contextual factors suggests that “train up a child in the way he should go” needs to be reexamined. The verb “to train” really refers to a bestowal of status and responsibility. The noun translated “child” denotes the status of a late adolescent rather than a child. “In the way he should go” is best understood as “according to what is expected.” The original intent then of this verse addresses a late adolescent’s entrance into his place in adult society.
As he did not study the word for Rod, this article does not change his ideas about spanking. He does, however, come to the conclusion that the verse does not advocate early childhood training. He also reminds us that it is a Proverb, not a promise, which is something to keep in mind.
His final conclusion is this:
The parent must not violate the adolescent’s personhood by authoritarian domination, permissive allowance of immaturity, or overprotection from the consequences of his actions.
I must make note of the fact that his Hebrew words were transliterated Right to Left so that they read, “backwards” for us. If you want to read a better version of this article, you may read it here, but you will have to subscribe to the site first.
Lucy tells us how she gently parents her teenager at Dare to Disciple.
Along similar lines, Virginia Is For Mothers has written a post about using Calm Words with our children rather than yelling and/or scolding. This is a good reminder for all of us.
Meanwhile, Under Much Grace continues with her series analyzing the Schatz Tragedy. It occurs to me that this series should probably be read by the Schatzes defense attorneys.