But one day when her son was four or five years old, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking--the first in his life. And so she told him he would have to go outside to find a switch for his spanking. The boy was gone for a long time. When he finally came back into the house, he was crying.
He said to her,
"Mama, I couldn't find a switch, but here's a rock you can throw at me."
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child's point of view: If my mother wants to hurt me, it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
The mother took the boy onto her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. Because violence begins in the nursery: a parent can raise children into violence."
~From a peace prize acceptance speech given by Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking
|"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family."|
Seeing your child in a positive light:
The house can wait:
The bible and spanking: