Using our kids’ desires as leverage is just one of many ways we manipulate them, but it is a particularly unloving way because, in a sense, we are asking them to sell their souls. We hold out something they want and say “You can have it as soon as you become the person I want you to be.”

Hugh & Gayle Prather

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

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