Due to the punitive parenting and puritanism in our culture, many parents are finding that they need to heal from various kinds of abuse. Whether emotional, physical, academic, social, or as is often the case religious, abuse continues to influence us in many ways when we become parents. To truly connect with our children and to guide them respectfully and lovingly, we need to address our inner wounds, too.
Here are some resources that tend to focus on healing from religious and spiritual abuse:
Dulce de leche: A natural mama writes with a holistic, Christian context
L.R.Knost - Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources (Check out her Jesus, the Gentle Parent book!)
Samuel Martin: Author and biblical researcher questions our cultural blinders
Why Not Train a Child?: This site has amassed resources from all over the web.
No Longer Qivering ‹(ô¿ô)›: A collection of stories from those who escaped
Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner: Sharing theologically correct info on gentle parenting
More 2 Life: Popcak's page, spanking opponent and author of the best selling Catholic parenting book
The Daily Catholic Crunch: A holistic and gentle parenting Catholic page
Stephanie Cox, Gentle Firmness: This amazing author writes on the real love of God and how to reflect that in our parenting.
Gentle Christian Mothers: One of the original areas for learning more about recovery
The Hippie Housewife: This blogger has written some eye opening articles on gentle parenting and the bible.
Thatmom: A homeschooling Christian with a different perspective
Parenting Freedom: This author has provided some of the best analysis on the web for this topic.
Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A PTSD/recovery group.
Spiritual Abuse.org: A collection of info on the topic
Spiritual Abuse Awareness: This site also has more resources
Spiritual Abuse Recovery: A great place for learning more and finding community
Pursuing Grace-based Living: A gentle parenting page
Recovering Grace: Healing from ATI/Gothard/QF practices
Related posts on the blog:
A quick post on the bible and spanking
Parable of the unforgiving parent
Religion and circumcision