I know my previous post was quite fiery.
If you recognize that I am not bashing any one person or group of people, but rather that I am disagreeing with a school of thought that lumps parents who spank in with parents who abuse (parents like Heather's), then my main point was understood.
However, if you think I shouldn't have said anything, please forgive me and overlook it.
A parent can't possibly do everything right. We sure don't. But we do love our children, and we seek to show them that constantly. I was telling Tim tonight that I want nothing more for my children than that they are successful in their Christian walk and that they are happy. I want that so deeply it hurts.
I also want people I love and whose opinions I value to understand why we parent the way we have chosen to, and also for those people to pray for us and not look down on us or gossip about us because we might do it differently than they do. I want this very deeply as well. I don't know why, but I really want people to think we do well. That is pride probably, but maybe it is also a desire for the approval of those who are wise. That surely is godly.
I'm sorry I can get offended so easily by something someone says. Usually I can blow it off and not mention it, or perhaps mention it in a very general way... but this was just over the top. It makes me cry to think that someone could look at our parenting (not that this person I was talking about even knows us) and say we are like Heather's parents. It hurts. It isn't true. But again, if you think I shouldn't have said anything, please porgiva me (as the boys say) and overlook it.
"The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." ~Lamentations 3:22-23