Guardian of A Child of God (5)

All that we teach our kids by consistently trying to correct them in anger is that we believe deeply in anger as the most effective approach to difficulties.

These parents must remember that it is not the parents’ function to turn againts their children. It is the child’s function to turn againts the parent-if that is what happens. And very often adolescents and adult children appear to do just that, even as we have so often rejected the One who never rejects us.

Hugh & Gayle Prather

Spiritual Parenting : A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child

Guardian of A Child of God

As parents we should consider ourselves more lime a Sherpa guide than a trainer or commanding officer. As one who has greater experience, but not greater value, our function is to climb the mountain beside our child, providing direction wherever we can, but above all offering our constant support. Then as we near the peak-as the child becomes an adolescent and then an adult-we stay back and let him or her pursue the dream, asking not even for credit for how much we helped along the way.

Hugh & Gayle Prather

Spiritual Parenting : A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child

Guardian of A Child of God (3)

As parents we should consider ourselves more lime a Sherpa guide than a trainer or commanding officer. As one who has greater experience, but not greater value, our function is to climb the mountain beside our child, providing direction wherever we can, but above all offering our constant support. Then as we near the peak-as the child becomes an adolescent and then an adult-we stay back and let him or her pursue the dream, asking not even for credit for how much we helped along the way.

Hugh & Gayle Prather

Spiritual Parenting : A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child

Guardian of A Child of God (2)

Discipline usually means punishment, a concept that is not entirely useful for those who wish to approach parenting as a spiritual path. If your most deeply held desire is to know God, to make all that you do an act of worship, then the guidance you give your child will be more like the light touch of a butterfly on a flower than the heavy hand of domination that “breaks the will” of a weaker ego. Rather than dispensing rules, regulations, and righteousness, you seek to assist your child to see the path clearly. After all, we are all on this journey together, regardless of our age.

Hugh & Gayle Prather

Spiritual Parenting: A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child