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  1. Lee says:

    Love this. :)

  2. Myndie says:

    awesome post! I don’t have any kiddos yet, but when my husband and I talk about discipline, I can’t help but think of (even though it sounds cheesy) “what would Jesus do? What would My Savior do in this situation.” I know for a fact that He would not spank or yell or de-grade. He would show love and compassion and make it a teachable moment and I know that is what I will do.

    thanks for sharing this.

  3. Faith says:

    Amen sister! If all kids could be raised with just a little dose of these values how much better would our world be? I try to avoid Wal-mart, but when I am there on the rare occasion, I can’t get through the store without hearing some trashy, loud-mouth mother yelling and cursing and smacking at her kids when they won’t behave (or even when they are!) It is a vicious cycle where people never learn what it means to be respectful, kind, empathetic, and responsible. Kids grow up acting how their parents treated them…bullying others with nasty words and intimidation.

    P.S. I actually love the SuperNanny! I think she does understand the psychological aspects of a child and her time-outs are more of a way to halt a bad behavior from escalating instead of a punishment to sit and think about their actions. She actually teaches parents how to be more loving and thoughtful instead of just whipping the kids into good manners. So, I’m a fan of the supernanny! Not all of them…just Jo = )

  4. Kelly says:

    That’s a very sweet post, Amy, I like it :) (When we were little we did time outs some, but I more remember as we got older we had to run laps around the house.) If we argued we just had to run more, this usually happened while we were eating dinner and being mean to a sibling, or just being rude. We got in pretty good shape with this method, we were a non-spanking household, and the punishment usually fit the crime. It got out the angry energy usually.

    • azuroo says:

      I think the running laps is a great idea! It’s not degrading, and it gives you a chance to work out pent up frustrations that might be causing bad behavior. Being rude to me is one thing Rosie really struggles with…you know how four year old little girls can be, yikes!

  5. jessamyn harris says:

    awww. I’m totally not religious (and am in the corner with my tin foil hat on right now, ha!), but at my baby shower, my godmother gave me a poster that my beloved aunt (who was also there, with her grown daughters!) had made in the 70s for her. it’s a beautifully drawn and calligraphied print that my aunt made of her two little girls (now my grown cousins with a bunch of their own kids) in little house on the prairie style outfits, back when they lived somewhat off the land in the redwoods of mendocino. below it is 1st corinthians. I was a little weirded out at the thought of putting it up in our baby’s room, when we are so so not into organized religion. but it’s right next to her crib, and it’s such a beautiful sentiment, reminder, and image. I’ll have to take a picture and show you! you would LOVE it! xo

  6. Bethany C says:

    It amazes me that so many people think the Bible is all about “the rod.” No one is more to blame for that that obnoxious “Christian” parenting experts, of course, but it makes me sad, anyway. These are some of my favorite verses on parenting in the Bible:

    6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
    9For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11For you know how, like a father with his children, 12we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2)

    Parents give of themselves, are gentle, exhort, encourage, and charge their children to walk in a manner worthy of God. That’s a beautiful (and challenging!) calling, indeed!

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