Isn't it just sad that most parents think that it's perfectly acceptable to punish their kids in order to teach them about consequences?

Growing up, most of us were told by the adults in our lives that punishing us was necessary to teach us about consequences. However, arbitrary rules and punishments for the sake of teaching us a lesson models unrealistic circumstances and inauthenticity. This damaged our relationship with our parents which was our... show more Growing up, most of us were told by the adults in our lives that punishing us was necessary to teach us about consequences. However, arbitrary rules and punishments for the sake of teaching us a lesson models unrealistic circumstances and inauthenticity.

This damaged our relationship with our parents which was our most important, foundational relationship. When we do this to our own children, the positive influence that we are meant to have in their lives is deeply affected, often times destroyed. Ulterior motives through arbitrary limits and rules are not honest or emotionally healthy and our children know it.
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