When I stopped hitting my children I freed my family from the shadow that violence had cast over us. I didn’t even know it had been there until it was gone. I LOVE the conversations that our spank-free life has encouraged. Of course it’s hard, especially because we don’t have a father figure in the household. It is evermore rewarding. My eldest has started to talk openly with me about her actions. When she’s done something wrong, we discuss it and even though it hurts her to admit to it, she does. Because she has no fear. She knows I support her no matter what, and that if I don’t understand what she’s saying, I’m going to just listen harder. I don’t worry about losing control, because I’ve learned to pause, to breathe, and to put myself in my children’s shoes.
Can you imagine having to look UP to everyone, all day? Constantly having your voice talked over, being told which way to go, when to eat, how to dress? Being a child is not always easy. Let’s empower our children. Let’s show them that we take everything they say and feel as seriously as we would if they were over 5 feet tall. If you spank, please honestly evaluate your motivation, and do some research – I bet there are peaceful ways to achieve whatever results you feel spanking achieves. And once you’re convinced, please spread the word. Love to you and to your children.