Season: 9 Episode: 149
Parenting isn’t easy and mom guilt is real. There’s no denying most cultural battles today are centered around children and what’s best for them. One of the approaches parents are taking is gentle parenting. It’s a method that eliminates disciple and focuses on raising independent kids through empthay and understanding. But is that the biblical view of parenting? Haley Williams discusses the biblical approach to parenting and why many lessons parents teach their kids have the possibility for the salvation message, forgiveness, and the hope of restored relationships. This is an encouraging episode and a great reminder for parents as we learn to steer our children in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile toward biblical parenting.
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You posted about gentle parenting on social media and it seems there was some controversy around it. What is gently parenting and how does it conflict with the call to parent according to the Bible?
You said, “If our beliefs about children, our role in parenting and how they need to be shepherded through loving, biblically based discipline do not begin with scripture, we will not end up somewhere that honors God as believers.” (Amen!) What instruction does Scripture give parents?
In our current cultural situation, we have parents on two ends of the spectrum – those who are fighting school boards to remove books from libraries, and those marching their kids down to school and telling the teachers to affirm their preferred pronouns. The kids are caught in the middle. We are not only called to teach our kids the evils of the world, but to protect our kids from the evils of the world as much as we can. What’s the difference between protecting our kids and sheltering our kids from the world?
We have kids at different stages of life and development so that details of parenting may look different in regard to disciple, instruction, etc. But what are some primary rules of parenting as given in the word?
One of the things we see all throughout Proverbs is the need to discipline our children. Our culture hears the word discipline and has brought such a negative stigma to it because it’s not about discipline and telling someone they’re wrong, it’s about affirming and accepting everything as right. Why is disciple necessary and what does healthy discipline look like?