When the message reinforces fear

“If you had a little girl right now, how would you discipline her?” a friend asked me recently.

“I don’t know,” I replied.

He posed more specific hypotheticals to try to get my brain functioning better. “Imagine if she peed on the couch on purpose, or if she was running with scissors. What would you do?”

As I looked at an 8-by-10 photo I keep on my table of my adorable cousin at age 2, I still had no idea how I might discipline her if she were mine — in any scenario. And I thought about how terrifying it must be to see your child engaged in behavior you know she should stop but not know what to do about it. Read the entire post on National Catholic Reporter.

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