This is a wonderful way to explain how our parenting methods affect our children. I couldn’t put the whole quote into my graphic, so here it is.
“You can control your children
through threats and punishments
and they will learn to fear.
You can control their behavior
by praise and reward
and they will learn to look outside themselves
for approval and for worth.
You can watch over their every movement,
every action, every decision,
making sure they do it “right,”
and they will learn to always
Or you can love and guide
without controlling or interfering
and they will learn to trust themselves.”
Still reading The Parent’s Tao Te Ching by William Martin. Still enjoying it immensely.
Image credit: Jay Ryness