ON RAISING CHILDREN (THOUGHT NINE)
"Before you beat a child," wrote Austin O'Mallery,
"be sure you are not the cause of the offense."
If our children and grandchildren are representative samples
of children everywhere, and we believe they could be,
we have to then conclude that...
children are believing
children are trusting
children have the desire to please
children love to love, and to be loved
May we not also conclude that many a spanking a child
receives is due to the fears, frustrations, and inabilities
of parents to cope with their own day to day problems.
their own day-to-day problems.
May we, from this day onward, see our children...
not as whipping posts...but as sweet spirits sent
to bless our homes.