Heard this on the radio yesterday:
“Rules without Relationship breeds Resentment which leads to Rebellion.”
What a great summary of a healthy approach to parenting! Rules yes. But rules with no loving and consistent context of acceptance and respect- no. We can fake it for a few years while the children are young, but eventually an “all rules/no love” approach will cause them to resent us and our authority. Which tempts them toward rebellion. So remember the four “R”s! Parenting is still the hardest job on earth to actually do every day but this mantra tucked in our back pocket may help keep us balanced a bit.