I’m sure that most of you have heard the expression, “Spare the rod, spoil the child”, and have your own opinions on that statement. Must “the rod” literally have to be a switch from the back yard, or a paddle hanging over the mantle as a continuous unspoken threat? I’d like to take you to a different place with that. I’d like to introduce the thought that the rod can be an extension of a loving parent, who has the ability to reach and teach with patience, care and empathy. I received a letter from a minister’s wife, who began raising her children with one strict method, only to realize that she had no relationship with them. Read the full article “Spare the rod, spoil the child”, with suggestions for addressing concerns without force or physical violence. Teach what you preach


I’m sure that most of you have heard the expression, “Spare the rod, spoil the child”, and have your own opinions on that statement. Must “the rod” literally have to be a switch from the back yard, or a paddle hanging over the mantle as a continuous unspoken threat? I’d like to take you to a different place with that. I’d like to introduce the thought that the rod can be an extension of a loving parent, who has the ability to reach and teach with patience, care and empathy. I received a letter from a minister’s wife, who began raising her children with one strict method, only to realize that she had no relationship with them. Read the full article “Spare the rod, spoil the child”, with suggestions for addressing concerns without force or physical violence. Teach what you preach