April Parenting Weekends – Tight, But Not Crushed

Join us in sharing April Parenting Weekends! Come read, be encouraged, and share yourapril parenting thoughts relating to all things parent. Today’s topic: Tight, But Not Crushed

Today, Tanya, from God’s Character, will be talking about setting boundaries.  To read more posts from Tanya you can go to God’s Character.

I remember seeing a photo some time ago of a person in an area with a fence going all around it. The person in the fenced area did not want to be there because he thought that he was being restricted and caged in. So over the fence he jumped, only to realize that he was on a plateau.

For our family, setting boundaries is not about restraint. Setting boundaries is about protection, much like in the analogy of the fenced plateau.

When I was younger, I remember that we had chickens at some point. My earliest memory of holding a chicken was how I could feel all the bones and I was so scared to hold it too tight that I might break it’s bones. And so I did not hold it tight enough and it got away. Parenting sometime can be a lot like holding a chicken. You don’t want to hurt your children so you try not to squeeze them too hard. Yet you don’t want to be too lax and let them get away and get out of control.   

Continue to read at God’s Character.

Parenting can be a bit rough at times. With a little encouragement, we can all become better parents to the glory of God!

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