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September 1, 2016

Gentle Giants

“Be gentle with the young.”
(Juvenal)

Kids are in the process of growing up, just like the rest of us – we just happen to have a head start. They’re going to make mistakes and do very, very stupid things. Most times, they will have no idea why they do those things, so for your sake and theirs, let’s just stop asking. Let’s love them through this whole maturation process instead This doesn’t mean ignore and excuse the bad things they do. It just means the more we can come from a place of understanding, the better we can position ourselves as a resource rather than a roadblock to their adulthood.

Be strong enough to be gentle. Too many of us equate being gentle with being weak or passive when nothing could be further from the truth. Gentleness requires great control, active connection, and intense calm. So, when your child needs discipline, remember an iron grip isn’t the only way to go. You can accomplish great things by being the calm voice of authority and reason in your home.

Peace begins with pause,

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