I’m a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. Other hats include: college teacher, student, wife, mom, researcher, reader, and cookie baker. In all these aspects, I’m always learning and putting together my learning. As an ENFP on the Myer’s-Briggs Inventory, I also process things externally. This time around, I decided to actually get the thoughts online, where I can see them and maybe, perhaps, dialogue with others.
My favorite Ellen G. White quote on parenting?
Lead the children to see in every pleasant and beautiful thing an expression of God’s love for them. Recommend your religion to them by its pleasantness.
Let the law of kindness be in your lips.
My favorite verses on parenting? Well, there are a lot, but the ones that relate the most to the above quote are the ones I’ll pick for now. Colossians 3:20 and 21. Do you remember these verses? You were probably quoted the first one several times, as you were growing up. I was quoted that first one too, until the day I learned v. 21 and quoted it back.
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. ” (NKJV)
Very telling, eh? While children are called to obey, parents are not to provoke their children. How can our children see God’s love if we are not pleasant and kind?
Part of my journey is unpacking this quote and these verses and how they relate to me as an SDA Christian parent practicing discipline without punishment.