I appreciate and respect Elizabeth Foss, author and homeschooling mother of nine children.
“I have spanked one child, one time, while under the *very temporary* influence of the Ezzos and I still rue the day.”
You gotta love Sally Clarkson!
Please Pick up Your Socks!
Quotes from Elizabeth Foss:
“Connected parenting is evangelistic in the truest sense of the word. If we treat our children with the respect they deserve because they are created in the image and likeness of God and if we meet them with the gentle love of the Blessed Mother, we reach them for Christ.”
“We have so very many ready opportunities to offer a cup of water to the least of these! How many opportunities we have daily to let the little children come to Him!”
“Done prayerfully and with grace, connected parenting is truly a living spirituality!”
“This style of parenting drives us to our knees and so brings us closer to heaven. It forces us to die to self again and again to meet the needs of God’s little creatures. It’s immediately easier to shout and/or hit and abuse our authority to put out the fires of our day. We can stop the behavior through fear and punishment. But that doesn’t really require any heroic, saintly effort on our part, does it? Ultimately, it destroys the relationship with the child and it becomes for us the occasion of sin.”
“In order to parent effectively, we have to grow. We have to change and mature. We have to meet children where they are and lead them somewhere better. We can’t do that without relying heavily on God’s grace…”
Here is a helpful parenting book from the Roman Catholic perspective: